Match Reports 2016

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First XI 2016

23 April 2016 - 1st XI v Bilton (H) - Lost by 8 wickets (2-20)

Steeton 128 a/o in 37.5 overs

Bilton 131-2 in 29.1 overs

Sadly it is difficult to pull any positives from this performance. Steeton’s top-order were annihilated so that after 6 overs we had just 9 runs on the board with 3 wickets down. When James Freebury (40) became the 4th batsman to be adjudged LBW, Steeton had reached 66 runs for 5 wickets in the 22nd over. James scored his excellent 40 runs from 48 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours…and had shared an excellent 33-run 5th wicket partnership with top-scorer Tom Stead (44*). Tom went on to score an even better 48-run 6th wicket stand with Adam Hardwick (17), but Tom was left high and dry as Steeton lost their final 5 wickets, while adding a meagre further 14 runs. Tom had scored his unbeaten 44* runs from 63 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours, before running out of partners. At the tea interval Steeton had only managed a below-par 128 runs from 37.5 overs, but had collected their 1st batting point of the season.

In reply Steeton got off to a fantastic start with opener Josh Gill collecting the first wicket with just 1 run on the board. However it was a further 108 runs before Josh collected his 2nd wicket and Steeton’s only other wicket…both LBW. Josh finished with 2 wickets for 17 runs from 7.1 overs, and was Steeton’s only successful bowler. Bilton had scored 131 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 29.1 overs, meaning Steeton (2 points) had lost to Bilton (20 points) by 8 wickets.

Tom Stead is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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7 May 2016 - 1st XI v Horsforth (H) - Lost by 150 runs (5-20)

Horsforth 321-6 in 50 overs

Steeton 171 a/o in 46.4 overs

Horsforth won the toss and chose to bat first on an excellent track at Summerhill Lane. They certainly proved their skipper correct as they notched up 36 runs from the first 4 overs. Despite trying 7 different bowlers only 2 had any success. Pick of the bowlers was James Emmott, who collected 3 wickets for 57 runs from his 15 overs with comfortable catches by Freddie Pearson & Craig Walton, as well as a rapid stumping by keeper Andrew Foulds. James also bowled the only maiden of the innings. The other successful bowler was skipper Steve Pearson, who also took 3 wickets, but his 15 overs went for 100 runs, with catches taken by Adam Hardwick, keeper Andrew Foulds & John Akrigg. This was not one of Steeton’s best fielding displays as attested by Adam Hardwick (0-34), who had catches dropped off 2 consecutive deliveries. James Freebury was awarded a fielding point. Horsforth took full advantage of Steeton’s poor fielding as they posted a mammoth 321 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs.

Steeton’s reply was punctuated by a series of batsmen getting solid starts, but being unable to convert good starts to sizeable contributions. Pick of the batsmen was veteran opener John Akrigg, who wielded his new Viking bat to good effect as he top-scored with 38 runs scored from 51 deliveries with 7 boundaries. When John was out Steeton were 60 runs for 3 wickets in the 14th over, with Freddie Pearson contributing 15 runs. Steeton lost 4 further middle order batsmen as they took the total to 122 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the 30th over: Craig Walton (23), James Freebury (11) & Tom Stead (19).DSC_6040 Steeton’s tail-enders contributed well, with James Emmott (19) departing before skipper Steve Pearson (27*) & Josh Gill (14) had the best partnership of the inninngs…putting on 42 runs for the 9th wicket. Steve’s unbeaten 27* runs came from 53 deliveries with 5 boundaries. The match came to an interesting conclusion with a deer staging a lone pitch invasion. Steeton were all out for 170 runs in 46.4 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Horsforth (20 points) by 150 runs.

Steve Pearson, James Emmott & John Akrigg are my joint Men-of-the-Match for Steeton

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14 May 2016 - 1st XI v Otley (A) - Lost by 7 wickets (1-19)

Steeton 105 a/o in 37.3 overs

Otley 111-3 in 27.3 overs

Steeton won the toss on a sunny day at Otley…but unfortunately that was the end of their winning streak! Choosing to bat first veteran opener John Akrigg was again in good form as he top-scored with a battling 38 runs scored from 78 deliveries with 7 fours, but lost 4 partners who did not manage double figures. Tom Stead is also batting well and his form continued as he scored solid 26 runs from 43 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Unfortunately the only other batsman to make double figures was Adam Hardwick (12) as Steeton slumped to 105 runs all out in 37.3 overs.

Chasing down this meagre target Otley lost 3 wickets. The 3 successful bowlers were: Josh Gill (1-25 from 3 overs) courtesy of a catch taken by keeper Andrew Foulds; James Emmott (1-20 from 10 overs) courtesy of a catch by Adam Hardwick; and James Freebury (1-44 from 11.3 overs). Otley coasted to a comfortable 7 wicket victory, with 111 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 27.3 overs. Steeton (1 point) lost to Otley (19 points) by 7 wickets.

John Akrigg is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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15 May 2016 - 1st XI v Ben Rhydding (H) in Waddilove Cup - Won by 7 wickets

Ben Rhydding 214 a/o in 44.1 overs

Steeton 215-3 in 36 overs

Ben Rhydding won the toss and chose to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Skipper Stephen Pearson may have been the only bowler to finish wicketless, but he certainly had an influence on the fielding with a run out to break the opening partnership as well as 2 catches. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was opener Josh Gill, who took 4 wickets for 31 runs from his 8.1 overs with catches taken by keeper Andrew Foulds, John Akrigg & Steve Pearson. Adam Hardwick (1-41), Tom Stead (1-29), Paul Hardwick (1-23) & Craig Walton (1-55) took a single wicket each. Paul Hardwick ran out the other Ben Rhydding batsman as the visitors closed on 214 runs all out in 44.1 overs.

In reply both Steeton openers were out with just 8 runs apiece – both Chris Luxton (8) & John Akrigg (8) were back in the pavilion with the score on 23 runs in the 8th over. Steeton had added a further 42 runs when Andrew Foulds (11) also departed. This brought together Freddie Pearson & Craig Walton, who amassed an excellent 150-run unbroken partnership to comfortably secure the victory for Steeton. Freddie Pearson scored his maiden century for Steeton with a great unbeaten 106* runs scored from 102 deliveries with 2 sixes & 15 fours. Craig Walton scored an unbeaten 60* runs from 55 deliveries with 1 six & 9 fours. Steeton finished with 215 runs for the loss of 3 wickets from 36 overs to win by 7 wickets and progress to the 2nd round of the Waddilove cup.

Freddie Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match

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21 May 2016 - 1st XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Lost by 108 runs (1-20)

Beckwithshaw 225-3 in 28 overs

Steeton 117 a/o in 39.2 overs

Asked to bat first on a rainy day Beckwithshaw plundered the Steeton bowling – scoring at over 8 runs per over Beckwithshaw amassed 225 runs for the loss of just 3 wickets in 28 overs, before declaring with full batting points. Rain before the start had reduced this fixture to 41 overs per side, and by declaring so soon Beckwithshaw had given themselves 54 overs to also gain the 5 bowling points. Only 2 of the Steeton bowlers were able to exercise even a modicum of control over the rapid run rate: James Emmott was the pick of the bowlers as he collected 2 wickets for 68 runs from 11 overs, courtesy of catches by Tom Stead & Freddie Pearson. James removed the Beckwithshaw 61-ball centurion John Inglis (107); and the other successful Steeton bowler was spinner Tom Stead (1-35 from 7 overs) with a catch taken by Josh Gill.

Steeton were struggling for an opening batter to join John Akrigg, so Adam Hardwick was promoted from last week’s number 8 position to open the innings. Adam Hardwick accepted the promotion gratefully as he top-scored for Steeton with 26 runs scored from 68 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Adam shared an excellent opening partnership of 46 runs with veteran John Akrigg, who contributed 22 runs from 55 deliveries with 4 boundaries. A scuttling of wickets meant 46 runs for 1 wicket soon became 65 runs for 4 wickets. Andrew Foulds began to show signs of his undoubted talent, which unfortunately has not yet emerged this season. Andrew scored 21 runs from 30 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours, and shared a 19-run 5th wicket partnership with James Freebury (16). Tom Stead chipped in with 12 runs, but when James Emmott (8) was caught out from an attempted hook Steeton were all out for 117 runs from 39.2 overs…8 short of gaining a batting point. All 10 of the Steeton batsmen had been out caught, as well as the 3 Beckwithshaw batsmen to get out in the first innings! Steeton (1 point) lost to Beckwithshaw (20 points) by 108 runs.

Tom Stead is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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28 May 2016 - 1st XI v Ilkley (A) - Won by 5 runs (18-8)

Steeton 188 a/o in 50 overs

Ilkley 183 a/o in 49.3 overs

Asked to bat first Steeton had a topsy-turvy match, which could have gone either way, but in a tense final over Steeton attained their first league win of the season. Freddie Pearson continued his excellent form with a fine 47 runs scored from 56 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. Freddie shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 35 runs with opener Chris Luxton (6), followed by a 32-run 3rd wicket partnership with Andrew Foulds, who contributed 29 runs from 83 runs with 4 boundaries. A shuttering of wickets saw Steeton slump to 72 runs with 5 wickets down, before the collapse was halted by a 42-run 6th wicket partnership between Andrew Foulds & James Freebury, who contributed 22 runs from 31 deliveries with 3 boundaries, but when James departed Steeton were 125 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Skipper Steve Pearson scored an important unbeaten 25 runs from 43 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours, and shared a 22-run 9th wicket partnership with James Emmott (14) followed by a crucial 41-run 10th wicket stand with Josh Gill (9), who was run out from the final delivery of the innings. Steeton had scored 188 runs all out in their 50 overs…3 batting points.

In reply Ilkley were 39 runs with 2 wickets down: a single wicket for each opening bowler. Josh Gill (1-41) & skipper Steve Pearson (1-28). It was then the turn of the ‘Jameses’: pick of the bowlers was James Freebury, who took 4 wickets for 59 runs from 15 overs, courtesy of a catch by Craig Walton & 3 LBWs. James Freebury also ran out another batsman. He was ably assisted by James Emmott, who took 2 wickets for 53 runs from his 15 overs, courtesy of a stumping by keeper Andrew Foulds. With 9 wickets down and 9 runs required from a tense final over, Steeton turned to Craig Walton to bowl his first over of this match. It took Craig just 3 deliveries to claim the final wicket, caught by none-other-than James Freebury. In a thrilling conclusion Ilkley were all out for 183 runs from 49.3 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Ilkley (8 points) by 5 runs…phew!

James Freebury is my Man-of-the-Match

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Mon 30 May 2016 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (A) - Won by 6 wickets (19-7)

Kirkstall Educational 250-9 in 50 overs

Steeton 256-4 in 47.4 overs

This match was postponed from the 1st match of the season, when the entire league was rained off, and was instead played on bank holiday Monday. Kirkstall Educational won the toss and elected to bat first at what Kirkstall refer to as the ‘Field of Dreams’. Kirkstall Educational’s opener Oliver scored 110 runs, but the Steeton bowlers stuck to their task well. Pick of the bowlers was skipper Steve Pearson, who claimed 5 wickets for 50 runs from 13 overs, with catches taken by keeper Andrew Foulds & Craig Walton. Steve’s opening partner Josh Gill took 2 wickets for 54 runs from 12 overs, courtesy of catches taken by skipper Steve Pearson as well as a 2nd catch by Craig Walton. Promoted 2nd XI captain Paul Hardwick also took 2 wickets for 72 runs from 15 overs, with a stumping by keeper Andrew Foulds. Kirkstall Educational were contained to 250 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. 4 bowling points for Steeton & 5 batting points for Kirkstall. A sizeable total, but certainly not insurmountable on Kirkstall’s high-scoring ground.

Steeton’s reply started poorly, with 2 wickets down for just 16 runs in the 8th over. Veteran opener John Akrigg was still there and he went on to record a fantastic unbeaten match-winning century. John scored 102* runs not out from 133 deliveries with 3 sixes & 10 fours. John shared an exceptional 169-run 3rd wicket partnership with Andrew Foulds, who contributed an excellent 79 runs from 115 deliveries with 3 sixes & 6 fours. With quick runs needed James Emmott was promoted up the order, and he scored 27 runs from just 14 deliveries with 5 boundaries as he added 37 runs for the 4th wicket in 4 overs. Craig Walton scored a quick-fire 22 runs from just 10 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours, as he helped John Akrigg to record an unbroken 34-run 5th wicket partnership. Steeton scored 256 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 47.4 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Kirkstall Educational (7 points) by 6 wickets.

John Akrigg is my Man-of-the-Match

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4 June 2016 - 1st XI v Pool (H) - Won by 5 wickets (19-6)

Pool 220-8 in 50 overs

Steeton 221-5 in 48.1 overs

Pool won the toss and chose to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Pool lost their first wicket to a run out by Freddie Pearson with the score on 22 runs, which earned Freddie a fielding point. James Emmott was awarded the other fielding point. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was skipper Steve Pearson, who collected 3 wickets for 62 runs from 15 overs, courtesy of 2 catches by keeper Andrew Foulds. There was also a brace of wickets each for James Emmott (2-45) & Paul Hardwick (2-53), with Craig Walton taking a single catch from each bowler. After their 50 overs Pool had scored 220 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.

Steeton’s reply was led by veteran John Akrigg, who scored 37 runs from 98 deliveries with 4 boundaries. John shared a 31-run opening partnership with Adam Hardwick (9), followed by a 41-run 2nd wicket partnership with Freddie Pearson, who contributed 21 runs from 42 deliveries with 3 boundaries. John then went on to share an even better 57-run 3rd wicket stand with Andrew Foulds, who went on to score a fabulous half century. Andrew top-scored with 52 runs scored from 75 balls with 1 six & 8 fours. Andrew shared an excellent 4th wicket partnership of 70 runs with Craig Walton, who also registered a half-century. Craig Walton scored 50 runs from just 50 deliveries with 8 boundaries, but was caught with the scores level. It was left to Tom Stead (9*) to hit the winning run, as Steeton scored 221 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 48.1 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Pool (6 points) by 5 wickets.

Andrew Foulds & Craig Walton are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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5 June 2016 - 1st XI v Beckwithshaw (H) in Waddilove Cup - Lost by 8 wickets

Steeton 106 a/o in 35.1 overs

Beckwithshaw 112-2 in 19.4 overs

Steeton won the toss and decided to bat first on a sunny day at Summerhill Lane in the 2nd round of the Waddilove cup. Unfortunately Steeton got off to a poor start losing their first 3 batsmen with only 13 runs on the board. The innings was steadied by a 37-run 4th wicket partnership between Andrew Foulds (14) & top-scorer Craig Walton (32). Craig scored an excellent 32 runs from 55 deliveries with 6 boundaries, and went on to share a 36-run 5th wicket partnership with Tom Stead, who contributed 28 runs from 30 deliveries with 5 boundaries. When Craig Walton departed Steeton were 86 runs with 5 wickets down, but the final 5 wickets could only add 20 further runs. When young debutant Adil Modak (3) was caught, Steeton were all out for 106 runs in 35.1 overs.

Chasing Steeton’s meagre target Beckwithshaw also  started poorly…losing their first wicket with just 7 runs on the board to the bowling of skipper Steve Pearson (1-28) caught by keeper Andrew Foulds. They lost their 2nd wicket with the score on 44 runs to the bowling of 2nd XI skipper Paul Hardwick (1-22). Unfortunately this was the extent of Steeton’s success as Beckwithshaw cruised to 112 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in just 19.4 overs. Steeton lost by 8 wickets and will take no further role in this year’s Waddilove cup.

Craig Walton is my Man-of-the-Match

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11 June 2016 - 1st XI v Collingham & Linton (A) - Lost by 57 runs (5-18)

Collingham 187-8 in 50 overs

Steeton 130 a/o in 39.2 overs

Collingham won the toss and chose to bat first. Collingham’s top order batsmen were all removed by James Emmott, who finished with excellent figures of 15 overs, 4 wickets for 49 runs. James had a catch taken by Adam Hardwick as well as 2 return catches from his own bowling. Paul Hardwick (1-40) nipped out a further batsman, before a blast by skipper Steve Pearson removed a further 3 wickets. Steve finished with 3 wickets for 50 runs from 12 overs, courtesy of catches taken by keeper Andrew Foulds, Freddie Pearson & John Akrigg. Adam Hardwick & youngster Adil Modak (making his 1st XI league debut) were awarded fielding points. Collingham closed on 187 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs.

Collingham’s total was certainly not insurmountable, but it was going to require a solid innings with at least one top-order batsmen making a sizeable contribution. Steeton’s reply began poorly with the top 4 batsmen back in the tent with only 35 runs on the board in the 16th over, with only Adam Hardwick (10) managing double figures. Top-scorer Tom Stead (35) steadied the innings with an fine 54-run 5th wicket partnership with Craig Walton (27). Tom scored his 35 runs from 69 deliveries with 2 sixes & 1 four; and Craig scored his 27 runs from 40 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Despite a battling 16 runs by skipper Steve Pearson, Steeton’s late order were unable to compensate for the top-order collapse and Steeton succumbed after 39.2 over to 130 runs all out. Steeton (5 points) lost to  Collingham & Linton (18 points) by 57 runs.

James Emmott is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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18 June 2016 - 1st XI v North Leeds (H) - Lost by 4 wickets (5-20)

Steeton 174 a/o in 49.3 overs

North Leeds 178-6 in 40.4 overs

North Leeds won the toss and asked Steeton to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Opener Adam Hardwick scored a solid 27 runs from 41 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours…and shared a 20-run 2nd wicket partnership with Freddie Pearson (10). Top scorer for Steeton was Andrew Foulds, with an excellent 68 runs scored from 100 deliveries with 3 sixes & 6 fours. Andrew shares a good 61-run 4th wicket partnership with Craig Walton (happy 40th birthday!), who contributed 27 runs scored from 61 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Andrew went on to share a 30-run 6th wicket partnership with skipper Steve Pearson (12). When Andrew was out Steeton had 166 runs with 6 wickets down, but the final 4 wickets tumbled while only adding a further 8 runs. Steeton were all out for 174 runs from 49.3 overs…1 run short of a third batting point!

In reply North Leeds began with a 55 opening partnership, and were always ‘ahead of the game.’ James Emmott was the pick of the Steeton bowlers with 3 wickets for 43 runs from 11.4 overs, with catches taken by skipper Steve Pearson & vice-captain Craig Walton. The other 3 bowlers used took a single wicket each: skipper Steve Pearson (1-39), Josh Gill (1-51) & Paul Hardwick (1-41). North Leeds scored 178 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 40.4 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to North Leeds (20 points) by 4 wickets.

Andrew Foulds is my Man-of-the-Match

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25 June 2016 - 1st XI v Rawdon (A) - Abandoned (5-8)

Rawdon 233-5 in 44 overs

Steeton 9-0 in 2.4 overs

With thunderstorms forecast Rawdon won the toss and chose to bat first. Steeton made an early breakthrough via a run out by Paul Hardwick, which earned Paul a fielding point…but Rawdon had already reached 21 runs in the 5th over. The onslaught continued despite James Emmott collecting the next 2 wickets as he conceded 57 runs from his 11 overs. Skipper Steve Pearson collected the next 2 wickets at a cost of 51 runs from his 12 overs, including a catch from his own bowling. As soon as Rawdon had ensured full batting points they declared with 233 runs having lost 5 wickets from 44 overs. 2 bowling points for Steeton.

Steeton’s reply was short-lived. Openers John Akrigg (6*) & Adam Hardwick (2*) had progressed Steeton’s score to 9 runs in 2.4 overs when the promised rain arrived and drove the players from the field. No further play was possible and this fixture was abandoned. Steeton (5 points) were rained off against Rawdon (8 points).

Steve Pearson & James Emmott are my joint Men-of-the-Match for Steeton

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2 July 2016 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (H) - Lost by 21 runs (7-18)

Kirkstall Educational 183 a/o in 28.2 overs

 Steeton 162 a/o in 30 overs

Bottom Club Kirkstall Educational visited Steeton, who were hopeful of picking-up some much needed points. Steeton won the toss and asked Kirkstall to bat first. Skipper Steve Pearson got Steeton off to a great start with a wicket in his first over from a caught & bowled and finished with 3 wickets for 25 runs from 6.2 overs, with further 2 catches taken behind by keeper Craig Walton. Paul Hardwick took the next 2 wickets as Kirkstall raced to 73 runs with 3 wickets down in the 15th over. Paul finished with figures of 4 wickets for 55 runs from 8 overs, with 2 catches taken by James Freebury & another for keeper Craig Walton. James Freebury was awarded 2 fielding points. Spinner Tom Stead took 3 wickets for 53 runs from 7 overs, with a catch taken from his own bowling & a 2nd catch for skipper Steve Pearson. Steve was also awarded 2 fielding points. In 28.2 overs Kirkstall had scored a competitive 183 runs, aided by 18 extras, including 11 wides.

Steeton then took their turn with the bat and were always behind in the chase. Adam Hardwick (10) added 24 runs for the 2nd wicket with Freddie Pearson, who finished with 22 runs from 38 deliveries with 4 boundaries. In the 19th over Steeton lost their 5th wicket with just 52 runs on the board. James Freebury scored 25 runs from 12 deliveries with 2 sixes & 2 fours, and shared a 39-run 6th wicket partnership with Craig Walton (17). Skipper Steve Pearson scored a great 49* runs not out, from just 28 deliveries with 2 sixes & 5 fours as he shepherded the Steeton tail. Steve added 25 runs for the 8th wicket with James Emmott, but Steeton succumbed  to 162 runs all out in 30 overs. Steeton (7 points) lost to Kirkstall Educational (18 points) by 21 runs.

Steve Pearson in my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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9 July 2016 - 1st XI v Bilton (A) - Abandoned (8-7)

Bilton 183 a/o in 43 overs

Steeton 80-2 in 26.3 overs

Steeton travelled to Bilton with a wet forecast and little prospect of play. How wrong we were! Steeton won the toss and the match was reduced to 43 overs apiece and was underway with Bilton asked to bat first. Opening bowler Josh Gill was in great form as he removed the top 3 Bilton batsmen, and finished with 3 wickets for 65 runs from his 14 overs, with a catch taken by Adam Hardwick. Bilton were 82 runs for 3 wickets in the 19th over. Following on from Josh’s early heroics the soft-underbelly was eviscerated by James Emmott & Paul Hardwick. James took 3 wickets for 34 runs from 8 overs, with a catch taken by Paul Hardwick…and Paul finished with the best figures of 4 wickets for 50 runs from 14 overs, with a catch taken by keeper Andrew Foulds. Bilton were bowled all out for 183 runs from 43 overs.

Steeton’s reply was led by John Akrigg, who finished with an unbeaten 51* runs scored from 90 deliveries with 4 boundaries. John shared a 35-run opening stand with Adam Hardwick (7)…followed by a 24-run 2nd wicket partnership with Andrew Foulds (14). The forecast rain came a little later than excepted, but it was enough to force the abandonment of this match with this match nicely poised on 80 runs for the loss of 2 wickets from 26.3 overs. Steeton (8 points) were rained off against Bilton (7 points)

John Akrigg is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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16 July 2016 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Lost by 55 runs (9-19)

Burley-in-Wharfedale 291-8 in 50 overs

Steeton 236-8 in 50 overs

With Steeton’s inaugural beer festival in full swing, Steeton won the toss and chose to field first against Burley-in-Wharfedale. The festival attitude was taken up by Burley, who scored an impressive 291 runs. Only James Emmott was able to control the flow of runs, with his 15 overs conceding 54 runs as he collected 2 wickets, courtesy of catches safely pouched by Craig Walton & Freddie Pearson. James was the only bowler with an economy rate of under 6 runs per over. Skipper Steve Pearson took 3 wickets for 76 runs from 12 overs, with catches taken on the boundary by Josh Gill, a ‘knick’ caught behind by keeper Andrew Foulds & a 2nd catch for Freddie Pearson. Freddie Pearson also threw in for Steve Pearson to run out another Burley batsman. On a day when Steeton’s fielding and catching was not always of the highest quality, Freddie Pearson was quite rightly awarded a fielding point. There was also a single wicket each for Paul Hardwick (1-83) & Josh Gill (1-58) with a catch taken at long on by John Akrigg. Burley-in-Wharfedale finished with 291 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs…a big ask for Steeton, who would need to score consistently at around 6 runs per over.

Steeton’s reply was anchored around a great innings by veteran John Akrigg, who scored an excellent 95 runs from 153 deliveries with 1 six & 10 fours, and was out off the penultimate delivery of the match. John had an opening partnership of 34 runs with Adam Hardwick, who contributed 22 runs from 29 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours; followed by adding 26 for the 2nd wicket with Andrew Foulds (10) and 51 runs for the 3rd wicket with James Tincknell (13). When Steeon lost their 3rd wicket in the 31st over the run rate was only 3½ runs per over…and the required rate had risen to an unlikely 9½ runs per over! Steeton wasted a few cheap wickets chasing an improbable rate, before John had a 37-run 6th wicket partnership with Craig Walton (14). Skipper Steve Pearson joined John in the 42nd over with the Steeton total on 160 runs with 7 wickets lost. In the next 8 overs they scored a further 75 runs before the late departure of John. Steve Pearson finished with an unbeaten 35 runs scored from 31 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Steeton closed on 236 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Steeton (9 points) lost to Burley-in-Wharfedale (19 points) by 55 runs.

John Akrigg is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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23 July 2016 - 1st XI v Horsforth (A) - Lost by 170 runs (4-20)

Horsforth 331-4 in 50 overs

Steeton 161 a/o in 39.4 overs

Steeton lost the toss and were asked to field first at King George’s field. Early success saw Steeton’s bowling reduce Horsforth to 21 runs with 2 wickets down: with wickets by Josh Gill (1-99) with a catch by John Akrigg; & pick of the bowlers Paul Hardwick (2-84) with catches by keeper Andrew Foulds & Josh Gill. With Horsforth’s Hardaker scoring 161 runs, wickets were were hard-earned…James Emmott (1-68) took the only other wicket to fall as Horsforth posted a mammoth 331 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 50 overs.

Steeton’s reply began with an opening partnership of 18 runs between John Akrigg (18) & Freddie Pearson (10), but 18 for 1 soon became 41 runs for 4 wickets. In the middle order Matthew Price (18) shared a 43-run 5th wicket partnership with Tom Stead, who contributed 28 runs from just 26 deliveries with 6 boundaries. A further tumbling of wickets saw Steeton with 102 runs with 7 wickets, before a fine 45-run 8th wicket partnership between skipper Stevie Pearson (14) and top-scorer James Emmott, who scored a quick-fire 42 runs from 25 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. Steeton succumbed to 161 runs all out in 39.4 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost to Horsforth (20 points) by 170 runs.

James Emmott is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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30 July 2016 - 1st XI v Otley (H) - Lost by 124 runs (5-20)

Otley 234 a/o in 49.4 overs

Steeton 110 a/o in 28.4 overs

Steeton lost the toss and Otley chose to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Opener Paul Hardwick took the first 3 wickets as he conceded 52 runs from 15 overs, with a catch taken by Matthew Price, and Otley were 133 runs for 3 wickets in the 29th over. A score of around 300 was looking likely! Skipper Stevie Pearson bowled 15 excellent over that only conceded 43 runs as he collected 2 wickets, with catches taken by keeper Andrew Foulds & James Freebury. Pick of the bowlers was occasional spinner Matthew Price, who bowled 9.4 overs, which conceded 57 runs as collected 4 wickets, courtesy of a catch taken by skipper Steve Pearson, as well as a second catch and 2 stumpings for keeper Andrew Foulds. Otley’s final wicket fell in the 50th over…run out by Steve Pearson. Steve was awarded a fielding point along with Adam Hardwick. Steeton had earned themselves 5 bowling points, as Otley had been limited to 234 runs all out in 49.4 overs.

Steeton’s replay began disastrously as them lost their first 2 wickets before scoring a single run. Despite a battling 18 runs by James Freebury Steeton had lost their top 5 batsmen with just 40 runs on the board in the 14th over. Top-scorer was Tom Stead, who scored 28 runs from 43 deliveries with 5 boundaries…and shared a 30-run 6th wicket partnership with Adam Hardwick (19). Adam then went on to share a 27-run 7th wicket partnership with skipper Steve Pearson (11). With little resistance in the tail-end Steeton meekly succumbed to 110 runs all out in 28.4 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Otley (20 points) by 124 runs.

Matthew Price, Steve Pearson & Paul Hardwick are my joint Men-of-the-Match for Steeton

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6 August 2016 - 1st XI v Beckwithshaw (A) - Lost by 206 runs (4-20)

Beckwithshaw 355-7 in 50 overs

Steeton 149 a/o in 43.4 overs

Steeton lost the toss at Beckwithshaw, who confirmed their decision to bat first by recording a mammoth 355 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. With the exception of James Emmott (5-71) the Steeton bowling was pummeled around the park. James Emmott finished with creditable figures of 5 wickets for 71 runs from 15 overs, with catches taken by Freddie Pearson and skipper Stevie Pearson. Josh Gill toiled for 13 overs which conceded 143 runs as he collected a single wicket, caught by Craig Walton. Paul Hardwick bowled 9 reasonably economical overs which conceded 42 runs as he also collected a single wicket with a 2nd catch for Freddie Pearson. Tom Stead was awarded a fielding point. Steeton collected 3 bowling points, while Beckwithshaw collected full batting points.

In reply Steeton would need to score at an unlikely 7 runs per over to threaten Beckwithshaw’s grip on this match. This scenario became even more unlikely as Steeton’s top-order crumbled to 25 runs with 6 wickets lost and no batsmen managing double figures. Resistance came in the form of Matthew Price, who score an excellent unbeaten 52* runs from 71 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours. Matthew restored some Steeton pride when he shared a good 65-run 7th wicket partnership with skipper Stevie Pearson, who contributed 33 runs from 48 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Matthew also went on to add 37 runs for the 9th wicket partnership with Paul Hardwick (8). Steeton fell 1 run short of a 2nd batting point with 149 runs all out in 43.4 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost to Beckwithshaw (20 points) by 206 runs.

Matthew Price, James Emmott are my joint Men-of-the-Match for Steeton

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13 August 2016 - 1st XI v Ilkley (H) - Lost by 78 runs (5-18)

Ilkley 191 a/o in 46.1 overs

Steeton 113 a/o in 31.4 overs

This fixture in the first half of the season began a run of 3 successive victories. If we are to stave off relegation then Steeton needed today’s game to spark a similar revival in fortunes. Steeton won the toss and asked Ilkley to bat first. Josh Gill was in great form with the ball as he removed 5 of the top 6 Ilkley batsmen. Josh finished with commendable figures of 15 overs, 3 maidens, 67 runs for his 5 wicket haul. Josh had catches taken by skipper Stevie Pearson, Paul Hardwick, Freddie Pearson & keeper Craig Walton. James Emmott continued his excellent season with 3 more wickets for 44 runs from his 15 overs, with catches pouched by John Akrigg, a 2nd for Stevie Pearson and Adam Hardwick. There was a single wicket apiece for Stevie Pearson (1-29) giving keeper Craig Walton a 2nd catch; and Paul Hardwick (1-38). Ilkley were all out for 191 runs in 46.1 overs. 5 bowling points already in the bag!

In reply only Craig Walton (10) of Steeton’s top 5 batsmen managed double figures as Steeton lost wickets with a depressing regularity. At No6 skipper Stevie Pearson scored an excellent 45 runs from 70 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Despite Steve adding 35 runs  for the 10th wicket with Josh Gill (4*), Steeton were all out for 113 runs in 31.4 overs.   Steeton (5 points) lost to Ilkley (18 points) by 78 runs.

Josh Gill is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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20 August 2016 - 1st XI v Pool (A) - Lost by 3 wickets (5-19)

Steeton 162 a/o in 43.4 overs

Pool 165-7 in 40.4 overs

Steeton won the toss and decided to bat first at Pool. Opener David Robinson has had an uncharacteristically difficult season in the 2nd XI, which resulted in him turning out once for the 3rd XI. Within a few weeks he had been propelled into the 1st XI and today he showed the class that we have come to expect. David top-scored with a great 64 runs scored from 99 deliveries with 1 six & 10 fours. David remained steadfast as Steeton crumbled to 18 runs with 3 wickets down in 7 overs. Stability was partially restored as David shared a 28-run 4th wicket partnership with Craig Walton (10), followed by an even better 79-run 5th wicket partnership with skipper Stevie Pearson, who contributed an excellent 42 runs from 57 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Stevie went on to share a 22-run 7th wicket partnership with Luke Watson, who went on to score 21 runs from 43 deliveries with 4 fours. With 2 ‘golden’ ducks and a ‘diamond’ duck, Steeton were all out for 162 runs from 43.4 overs.

In reply opening bowler Paul Hardwick took 3 wickets for just 43 runs from his 15 overs, with a catch taken from his own bowling & another by Freddie Pearson. In tandem with James Emmott they reduced Pool to 60-4 and then 119-7. James took 4 wickets for just 42 runs from his 15 overs, with catches taken by Adil Modak & skipper Stevie Pearson. The other Steeton bowlers could not match the same economic consistency as Paul & James, and so when they had bowled their allotted overs Pool took the match away from Steeton. Pool scored 165 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 40.4 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Pool (19 points) by 3 wickets.

David Robinson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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27 August 2016 - 1st XI v Collingham & Linton (H) - Won by 5 runs (17-7)

Steeton 173 a/o in 49 overs

Collingham 165 a/o in 39 overs

Steeton won the toss and decided to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Opener David Robinson scored 20 runs from 41 deliveries with 3 boundaries and shared a 40-run 2nd wicket partnership with top-scorer Craig Walton, who went on to score a fine 59 runs from 59 deliveries with 8 boundaries. A mini-collapse in Steeton’s middle order was halted by Freddie Pearson, who scored an excellent unbeaten 40* runs from 52 deliveries with 2 sixes & 1 four. Freddie shared a good 47-run 7th wicket partnership with Luke Watson, who contributed 21 runs from 34 balls with 3 boundaries. Steeton’s ‘tail’ did not wag and they were all out for 173 runs in 49 overs.

In reply Steeton’s opening bowlers performed well and both were rewarded with excellent figures: skipper Stevie Pearson took 4 wickets for 42 runs from 13 overs, with catches taken by James Emmott, keeper Craig Walton & Freddie Pearson, as well as a return catch from his own bowling; and Paul Hardwick took 3 wickets for 44 runs from 12 overs, with a further 2 catches for keeper Craig Walton. Freddie Pearson was awarded a fielding point. Together they had Collingham reeling at 52 runs with 6 wickets down. Collingham were further reduced to 117 runs with 9 wickets down, but a stubborn last wicket partnership was inching them slowly towards the Steeton target. The Collingham tail was polished off by to Josh Gill, who finished with 3 wickets for 35 runs from 8 overs, with Matthew Price taking the final catch, earning Matt a fielding point. Collingham were all out for 165 runs from 39 overs…a nerve-racking 5 runs short of the Steeton total. Steeton (17 points) beat Collingham (7 points) by 5 runs, and keep their albeit slim hopes of Division 1 survival alive.

Craig Walton is my Man-of-the-Match

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3 September 2016 - 1st XI v North Leeds (A) - Abandoned (3-3)

Steeton 3 points

North Leeds 3 points

Steeton travelled to North Leeds only to turn around and drive back 5 minutes later. Persistent heavy rain meant no play was possible. 3 points for both sides


10 September 2016 - 1st XI v Rawdon (H) - Lost by 94 runs (5-20)

Rawdon 251-6 in 50 overs

Steeton 157 a/o in 43 overs

Steeton won the toss and asked Rawdon to bat first on a damp pitch following heavy overnight rain. Skipper Stevie Pearson got Steeton off to an impressive start with an opening blast that saw Rawdon 2 wickets down with just 27 runs in the 12th overs. Rawdon consolidated with a 176-run 3rd wicket partnership…although Steeton were convinced that they had Rawdon centuran Duckworth (141) caught behind before he had scored his first run! Stevie finished with 4 wickets for 47 runs from his 15 overs, with all 4 wickets caught by keeper Andrew Foulds. Craig Walton (2-64) was the only other successful bowler with a comfortable catch pouched by Paul Hardwick as well as an incredible 5th catch by keeper Andrew Foulds. Freddie Pearson was awarded a fielding point. Rawdon finished their 50 overs with 251 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.

In reply opener David Robinson got Steeton off an excellent start with 43 runs scored from 36 deliveries with 7 boundaries. David shared a 60-run opening partnership with Andrew Foulds, who went on to top-score with 45 runs scored from 76 deliveries with 2 sixes & 5 fours. Andrew went on to share an exceptional 60-run 3rd wicket partnership with Tom Stead, who contributed 40 runs scored from 66 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. In the 29th over Steeton were 122 runs with 3 wickets lost, but as the required rate rose, Steeton lost cheap wickets. No Steeton batsman outside the top 4 batters managed double figures, and Steeton were routed for 157 runs all out in 43 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Rawdon (20 points) by 94 runs. Sadly Steeton are now mathematically certain of being demoted to the 2nd division.

Andrew Foulds is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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17 September 2016 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Lost by 85 runs (9-17)

Burley-in-Wharfedale 355-8 in 50 overs

Steeton 270-4 in 50 overs

This fixture had been moved from 30th April because of the Tour De Yorkshire cyclists. The season for Steeton was already over with their fate decided…relegation to the 2nd division was unavoidable. So with only pride to play for Steeton lost the toss and were asked to field first. Burley had moved swiftly to 64 runs before skipper Steve Pearson took a catch from the bowling of Josh Gill (1-39) to earn Steve the fielding point that meant he would be the Club’s leading fielder. With the Burley total still mounting James Emmott brought his season total of wickets to 39, with 2 wickets for 76 runs from his 15 overs courtesy of a catch by Tom Stead and a return catch from his own bowling. Off-spinner Zaggy Pearson was playing his first 1st XI match of the season and had given up a possibility of perhaps sneaking the 2nd XI batting award (he needed a further 20 runs to qualify), but he was rewarded with 2 wickets for 88 runs from his 15 overs, with 2 catches pouched by Paul Hardwick. Paul (2-61) then took 2 wickets himself with a catch taken by Luke Watson. Finally skipper Steve Pearson (1-79) was rewarded with a single wicket with a catch taken by Matthew Price. In the 50 overs Steeton had taken 8 Burley wickets, but Burley had amassed a substantial 355 runs.

Steeton’s batting form this season meant this target would be unlikely, but without the services of batsmen John Akrigg & Freddie Pearson Steeton’s chances looked slim. So far this season Steeton had not recorded a century opening partnership. However the batsmen who had deigned to turn out for this final match started with an excellent 117-run opening partnership between David Robinson (45) & top-scorer Andrew Foulds (87). David scored his 45 runs from 78 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours, while Andrew scored his 87 runs from 112 deliveries with 13 boundaries. Andrew went on to share a 66-run 2nd wicket partnership with Tom Stead, who contributed rapid 39 runs scored from 36 balls with 7 boundaries. The consistent scoring continued with Matthew Price, who scored 22 runs and finished with an unbroken 49-run 5th wicket partnership between vice-skipper Craig Walton (28*) & skipper Steve Pearson (20*). Steeton closed their 50 overs with 270 runs for the loss of just 4 wickets. Although the result of this match was never really in doubt, Steeton finished with a strong batting display to end the season. Steeton (9 points) lost to Burley (17 points) by 85 runs.

Andrew Foulds is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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23 April 2016 - 2nd XI v Bilton (A) - Lost by 57 runs (2-18)

Bilton 178-4 in 50 overs

Steeton 121 a/o in 44.2 overs

Our 2nd XI fared no better than our 1st XI. Bilton won the toss and having elected to bat first they scored an impressive 178 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 50 overs. Steeton’s best bowlers was spinner Zaggy Pearson, who took 3 wickets for 48 runs from his 15 overs, with catches by Bradley Akrigg & Adil Modak as well as a return catch off his own bowling. Adil was awarded a fielding point, as was David Wynn. The only other successful Steeton bowler was skipper Paul Hardwick (1-39), who clean-bowled his victim.

Steeton’s reply was led by experienced opener David Robinson, who top-scored with 35 runs scored from 87 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. David shared an excellent 70-run 3rd wicket partnership with Oliver Gledhill, who contributed 34 runs from 52 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Steeton continued to lose wickets regularly, with only Luke Watson (13) & skipper Zaggy Pearson (16*) showing any resistance. Steeton (2 points) were all out for 121 runs in 44.2 overs, to lose by 57 runs to Bilton (18 points).

Zaggy Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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7 May 2016 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (A) - Won by 2 wickets (16-4)

Horsforth 76 a/o in 35.4 overs

Steeton 82-8 in 27.3 overs

Thanks to a fantastic bowling display by skipper Paul Hardwick, Horsforth were skittled all out for 76 runs in 35.4 overs. Paul bowled 15 overs, 11 were maidens, as he took 7 wickets at a cost of just 11 runs, with catches taken by Zaggy Pearson & Luke Watson. Zaggy Pearson & Bradley Akrigg were awarded fielding points. The dependable Gary Boulton (2-23) & off-spinner Zaggy Pearson (1-8) took the other wickets to fall.

Chasing meagre totals can sometimes be far more difficult than anticipated, and this was certainly the case today. Steeton are indebted to 3 joint top-scorers, who all scored just 12 runs apiece: Bradley Akrigg (12 from 23), Jack Pearson (12 from 46) & Luke Watson (12 from 13). The only other batsman to reach double figures was Chris Luxton (10). With 8 wickets down and a tense finish in prospect Zaggy Pearson (8*) launched a 6 to bring this tricky match to a swift conclusion. Steeton had scored 82 runs for loss of 8 wickets in 27.3 overs. Steeton (16 points) beat Horsforth (4 points) by 2 wickets.

Paul Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match

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14 May 2016 - 2nd XI v Otley (H) - Won by 4 wickets (20-6)

Otley 199 a/o in 43.4 overs

Steeton 200-6 in 45.5 overs

Otley won the toss and elected to bat first on an excellent track in the sun at Summerhill Lane. Steeton’s fielding was exemplary as all 10 Otley batsmen were out caught. The top-order was blasted away by opener David Wynn, who finished with 4 wickets for 36 runs from 7 overs, with catches by Luke Watson, young keeper Harris Rowlett, skipper Paul Hardwick, as well as a stunning diving on-handed catch in the slips by Phil Barrett, which earned him a fielding point. Off-spinner Zaggy Pearson (2-59) bowled a probing 15 overs, and was rewarded with a great reflex diving return catch as well as a nicely judged catch on the square-leg boundary by Adil Modak, which earned Adil a fielding point. The dependable Gary Boulton finished with 3 wickets for 56 runs from his 15 overs, courtesy of 2 catches by Chris Luxton and a second catch for skipper Paul Hardwick. The final wicket was Paul Hardwick’s (1-32) as he dismissed Otley’s skipper giving Chris Luxton his 3rd catch. Otley had started their innings at a rapid rate, but fine Steeton fielding had pegged them back as they were dismissed all out for 199 runs in 43.4 overs.

The fortunes of this match had more fluctuations in the 2nd innings, as Steeton had a quick-fire opening partnership of 44 runs, dominated by Chris Luxton, who smashed 10 runs off the first 2 deliveries of the reply, but was caught out with the score on 44 runs having scored 32 runs from 27 deliveries with 3 sixes & 2 fours. Steeton lost a further 2 wickets with the score on 44 runs as Otley regained the ascendancy. Veteran Gary Boulton added 63 runs for the 4th wicket with youngster Adil Modak to swing the game back in the favour of Steeton. Gary Boulton finished with 36 runs from 50 deliveries with 7 boundaries; and Adil Modak scored 20 runs from 43 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Another shuttering of wickets gave Otley the advantage with the score on 107 runs with 5 wickets down, and brought together veteran Phil Barrett & Luke Watson. Together Phil & Luke swung the game back in favour of Steeton as they amassed a great 84-run 6th wicket partnership. Phil Barrett top-scored with an unbeaten 44* scored from 51 deliveries with 3 boundaries, while Luke Watson scored 32 runs from 79 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. When Phil smashed a no-ball straight for a boundary, Steeton had won this topsy-turvy match. “Catches Win Matches!” Steeton had scored 200 runs for 6 wickets in 45.5 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Otley (6 points) by 4 wickets.

Gary Boulton, Chris Luxton & Phil Barrett are my Joint Men-of-the-Match

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15 May 2016 - 2nd XI v Ben Rhydding (A) in Birtwhistle Cup - Lost by 129 runs

Ben Rhydding 333-3 in 45 overs

Steeton 204 a/o in 39.5 overs

Batting first against a much depleted bowling attack Ben Rhydding amassed a colossal 333-3 in their 45 overs. Tight early bowling saw Steeton collect their first scalp caught in the slips by Phil Barrett from the bowling of Tom Meakin (1-29). This brought Ben Rhydding’s Connor to the crease and he proceeded to deposit the ball to all corners of the ground and amass 209* runs which took the game away from Steeton. Despite trying 8 different bowlers Steeton had to wait a long time before their 2nd success..clean bowled by stand-in skipper Luke Watson (1-54). Finally Callum Lowe (1-45) also collected a token wicket, but with a depleted batting line-up the outcome this match was already predictable. After 45 overs of chasing leather, Bradley Akrigg was awarded a fielding point.

In reply Steeton’s openers were 14-year-old Harris Rowlett (20) & 13-year-old Will Luxton (7). Bradley Akrigg chipped in with 13 runs, but Steeton were losing wickets regularly. Unfortunately none of the 3 players who had played in last year’s cup final could manage double figures. In the middle order Jack Pearson scored a battling 34 runs, but the only positive note for Steeton was a fine maiden senior half-century from 15-year-old Adil Modak (52). Cameos by Zaggy Pearson (16) & Callum Lowe (22) saw Steeton to a respectable 204 runs all out in 39.5 overs. Steeton lost by 129 runs and crash out of this year’s Birtwhistle cup at the first hurdle.

Adil Modak is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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21 May 2016 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (A) - Lost by 8 wickets (2-20)

Steeton 132 a/o in 40 overs

Beckwithshaw 134-2 in 30.5 overs

Asked to bat first at Beckwithshaw on a wet murky day, Steeton opener Chris Luxton scored 36 runs from 53 deliveries with 6 boundaries & shared an opening stand of 30 runs with Harris Rowlett (7), followed by a 41-run 3rd wicket partnership with Jack Pearson, who top-scored with 37 runs scored from 57 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Jack went on to share a 30-run 5th wicket partnership with Adil Modak, who contributed 16 runs. Skipper Paul Hardwick chipped in with 13 runs as Steeton were all out for a below-par 132 runs from 40 overs, yielding a single batting point.

In reply Steeton had Beckwithshaw reeling with 2 wickets down and just 19 runs on the board, but that unfortunately was the extent of their success as Beckwithshaw cruised to 134 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 30.5 overs. The opening partnership had been broken by David Wynn (1-16) courtesy of a catch by Luke Watson, and the other successful bowler was Joe Stead (1-37). Adil Modak & Paul Hardwick were awarded fielding points. Steeton (2 points) lost to Beckwithshaw (20 points) by 8 wickets.

Jack Pearson & Chris Luxton are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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28 May 2016 - 2nd XI v Ilkley (H) - Lost by 54 runs (8-18)

Ilkley 243 a/o in 48.2 overs

Steeton 189-7 in 51 overs

Steeton won the toss and chose to field first at Summerhill Lane. Steeton were reliant on their strong trio of fast bowlers: David Wynn (3-60), Joe Stead (4-52) & skipper Paul Hardwick (2-59). Early damage was done by David Wynn, who clean bowled 3 wickets as he finished with 3 wickets for 60 runs from 15 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Joe Stead, who took 4 wickets for 52 runs from 12.2 overs, with catches taken by Paul Hardwick & Zaggy Pearson. Skipper Paul Hardwick took 2 wickets for 59 runs from 14 overs with a great stumping by keeper Phil Barrett & a catch driven to mid-wicket where it was well caught by Bradley Akrigg, earning him a fielding point. The other wicket was a great pick-up and throw by Adil Modak for Phil Barrett to effect the run out, earning Adil the other fielding point. Ilkley were all out for 243 runs in 48.2 overs.

In reply Steeton were led by opener Jack Pearson, who scored 27 runs from 32 deilveries with 1 six & 3 fours, and shared a 41-run opening partnership with David Robinson, who contributed 21 runs from 61 deliveries with 4 boundaries. A shuttering of wicket meant Steeton were reduced to 79 runs with 6 wickets down. Luke Watson was in great form as he scored 35 runs from 81 deliveries with 1 boundary, and shared a great 46-run 7th wicket partnership with skipper Paul Hardwick, who contributed 23 runs from 35 deliveries with 3 boundaries. The best partnership was yet to come as Luke shared an unbroken 8th wicket stand of 63 runs with top-scorer Zaggy Pearson, who smashed a fantastic 33-ball maiden half-century. Zaggy’s unbeaten 50* runs came from just 33 deliveries with 5 sixes & 2 fours. Steeton closed on 189 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 51 overs. A glorious defeat as Steeton (8 points) lost to Ilkley (18 points) by 54 runs.

Zaggy Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match

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Mon 30 May 2016 - 2nd XI v Tong Park Esholt (H) - Lost by 1 run (9-18)

Tong Park Esholt 222 a/o in 50 overs

Steeton 221-9 in 50 overs

Postponed from 16th April, so playing on Bank Holiday Monday, Steeton asked Tong Park to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Steeton had Tong Park reeling on 91 runs with 5 wickets down in the 32nd over. Coming in to bat at No7 Tong Park’s S. Kirkley smashed 107 runs from 57 balls  to almost single-handedly help them to 222 runs all out from the last delivery of their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Callum Lowe, who took 4 wickets for 37 runs from 14 overs, with a catch taken by Luke Watson. Skipper Luke Watson took 2 wickets for 27 runs from 4 overs, including a skied caught & bowled to dismiss the Tong Park centurion. There was a single wicket apiece for Joe Stead (1-49) with a regulation catch taken by keeper Phil Barrett; Zaggy Pearson (1-55) with a nice catch by Will Luxton; and Gary Boulton (1-50) with fine leg-side catch by keeper Phil Barrett. The other wicket was a great pick-up and throw by David Robinson for Phil Barrett to effect the run out. If Steeton’s fielding & catching had been better, Tong Park’s 222 runs could have been greatly reduced.

Steeton’s reply began with an excellent 36-run opening partnership, between Mark Chapman (21) & Will Luxton (15). 36 runs for 1 wicket in the 13th over, soon became 64 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the 26th over. When skipper Luke Watson was joined by veteran Phil Barrett the required run rate was already approaching 6½ runs per over, but together they shared an excellent 73-run 7th wicket partnership in 15 overs and secured Steeton’s first batting point.  Luke scored a solid 33 runs from 40 deliveries with 5 boundaries, but Phil went on to score a remarkable unbeaten 83 runs from 82 deliveries with 1 six & 8 fours. Phil shared a 14-run 8th wicket stand with Zaggy Pearson (12), which secured Steeton’s 2nd batting point. Steeton lost their 9th wicket with 168 runs on the board and 5 overs to go, and Joe Stead came in to join Phil Barrett. Joe’s batting prowess has been greatly underestimated as he smashed an unbeaten 15* runs from 15 deliveries including a massive six! Phil & Joe added 53 runs for final wicket, which brought Steeton to the brink of an unlikely victory. Steeton’s impressive run chase ended a tantalising 1 run short of the Tong Park target. Steeton had scored 221 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Steeton (9 points) lost to Tong Park (18 points) by 1 run.

Phil Barrett is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.

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4 June 2016 - 2nd XI v Pool (A) - Lost by 4 wickets (6-20)

Steeton 179 a/o in 50 overs

Pool 180-6 in 45 overs

Steeton won the toss and decided to bat first at Pool. Opener Chris Luxton top-scored with 46 runs scored from 75 deliveries with 10 boundaries, but when he departed he had already watched 4 partners also depart without reaching double figures…Steeton were 68 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the 26th over. Steeton’s mini-collapse was halted by Adil Modak (36) who added 50 runs for the 6th wicket with Gary Boulton (31). Adil scored his 36 runs from 62 deliveries with 7 boundaries & Gary scored his 31 runs from 54 deliveries with 1 six & 1 four. Gary went on to share a 34-run 7th wicket partnership with Phil Barrett (17), but despite 9* runs not out by Joe Stead, Steeton were all out for 179 runs in exactly 50 overs.

In reply Steeton had Pool reeling at 14 runs with 2 wickets down in 7 overs, with David Wynn claiming both wickets caught by young keeper Harris Rowlett. David was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with 4 wickets for 47 runs from his 15 overs. An 89-run 3rd wicket Pool partnership was broken by Adil Modak (1-24) courtesy of a sharp catch taken at point by Chris Luxton. The only other Pool wicket to fall went to Joe Stead (1-51), but it was not enough to prevent Pool cruising to a comfortable victory…scoring 180 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 45 overs. Steeton (6 points) lost to Pool (20 points) by 4 wickets.

Chris Luxton, David Wynn & Adil Modak are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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11 June 2016 - 2nd XI v Adel (H) - Abandoned (7-8)

Steeton 153 a/o in 48.3 overs

Adel 120-4 in 22 overs

Adel won the toss at a damp Summerhill Lane and understandably chose to field first. After the dismal weather forecasts throughout the previous week many were surprised that any play was possible. Steeton’s innings began briskly due to an excellent 52-run 2nd wicket partnership between top-scorer Chris Luxton (36) & Jack Pearson (23). Chris scored his 36 runs from 51 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours, before smashing a catch to cover & then smashing his bat! Jack scored his 23 runs from 61 deliveries with 4 boundaries. At the 25-over drinks break Steeton were 77 runs with 4 wickets down. The lower middle order all contributed cameo innings without being able to create a significant score: youngster Harris Rowlett (10) & skipper Luke Watson (14). Veteran Phil Barrett scored 23 runs from 42 deliveries with 3 boundaries, and added 31 runs for the 7th wicket with Zaggy Pearson (10). Last man out was Callum Lowe (10) as Steeton closed with 153 runs all out in 48.3 overs…2 batting points for Steeton, but 5 bowling points for Adel.

With one eye on the worsening weather Adel began their pursuit of the Steeton target with gusto. Adel had raced to 41 runs in the 7th over when Callum Lowe claimed his first victim, courtesy of a well-judged low catch in slips by Phil Barrett. This was quickly followed by an even better catch taken at fine leg by Mark Pennington, which earned him a fielding point. Callum was the only Steeton bowler to take any wickets and he finished with excellent figures of 4 wickets for 39 runs from 9 overs. After 22 overs a heavier burst of rain meant the players left the field, and though the rain relented to a gentle drizzle it soon became clear that no further play would be possible. Adel had scored 120 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 22 overs, before the match was abandoned with Steeton collecting 7 points and Adel collecting 8 points.

Callum Lowe is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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18 June 2016 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (A) - Lost by 4 wickets (4-20)

Steeton 136 a/o in 47.1 overs

North Leeds 137-6 in 34.3 overs

Steeton won the toss and elected to bat first on a difficult track at the Homestead. Openers Chris Luxton (25 from 40 balls 2 sixes & 1 four) & Matt Price (25 from 47 balls with 4 fours) got Steeton off to a solid start with a 45-run opening partnership. 45 runs for 1 wicket soon became 72 runs for 6 wickets. Oliver Gledhill top-scored with 39 runs scored from 51 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours…and shared a 35-run 7th wicket stand with Phil Barrett, who contributed an unbeaten 15* not out. Steeton were all out for 136 runs in 47.1 overs…earning a single batting point.

In reply Steeton had North Leeds reeling at 36 runs with 4 wickets down, before a 53-run 5th wicket stand. Chief destroyer for Steeton was Callum Lowe with his 15 overs costing 33 runs as he collected 3 wickets. His opening partner was David Wynn, who collected 2 wickets for 68 runs from his 15 overs, with catches taken by keeper Harris Rowlett & a great catch at point by Chris Luxton, which earned Chris a fielding point. Skipper Luke Watson (1-27) claimed the only other wicket that Steeton took, as North Leeds comfortably won. North Leeds scored 137 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 34.3 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost to North Leeds (20 points) by 4 wickets.

Callum Lowe is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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25 June 2016 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (H) - Lost by 7 wickets (4-18)

Steeton 181-7 in 42 overs

Rawdon 185-3 in 40.1 overs

Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Top-scorer for Steeton was opener Matthew Price, who scored an excellent 65 runs from 90 deliveries with 1 six & 11 fours. Matthew shared a good 2nd wicket partnership of 39 runs with Jack Pearson (10), followed by an even better 86-run 3rd wicket partnership with Adil Modak, who went on to score a stylish 52 runs from 63 deliveries with 8 boundaries. Having just lost their 4th wicket in the 33rd over and the score 132 runs a sudden thunderstorm forced the players from the field. Puddles soon developed on the outfield and tea was taken early. After the tea break great efforts were made to get the ground fit & safe for play…and 1½ hours after being forced from the field the match was again underway. 16 overs had been lost from the match…meaning in order to make the overs even Steeton would have to declare after 9 overs, rather than the 17 overs that they had left before the downpour. The nature of the game had altered and Steeton lost wickets chasing some quick runs, hampered by a slow outfield. Good cameo knocks by Bradley Akrigg (18*) & skipper Luke Watson (17*) added an unbroken 26-run 8th wicket partnership, before Luke made a very sporting declaration. Steeton had scored 181 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 42 overs.

Rawdon’s opening partnership was broken by an excellent diving one-handed catch from his own bowling by Callum Lowe (1-34). Callum was awarded a fielding point, as well as Jack Pearson. Steeton were further encouraged when spinner Zaggy Pearson (1-34) collected the 2nd wicket and Rawdon were 53 run in the 17th over. Steeton’s fielding was not at its best with Rawdon stealing singles with impunity and chances to get them out being spurned. Skipper Luke Watson (1-38) claimed a 3rd wicket, but Rawdon romped to a comfortable victory. Rawdon had scored 185 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 40.1 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost to Rawdon (18 points) by 7 wickets.

Matthew Price & Adil Modak are my joint Men-of-the-Match for Steeton

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2 July 2016 - 2nd XI v Tong Park Esholt (A) - Lost by 65 runs (4-17)

Tong Park Esholt 165-9 in 40 overs

Steeton 100 a/o in 33.2 overs

Steeton travelled to Tong Park’s old ground at Low Springs in the rain…with few signs of a let-up & little chance of getting a game started. However the rain finally did relent & Steeton won the toss and elected to field first in a match reduced to 40 overs per side. Gary Boulton (1-18) took an early wicket with a catch taken by Callum Lowe, but although his 12 overs were undoubtedly miserly (conceding 1.2 runs per over) he was unable to make further inroads into the Tong Park batting. By contrast Callum Lowe conceded over 5 runs per over, but he collected 4 wickets for 51 runs, including a great low catch from his own bowling & a catch for skipper Gary Boulton. Callum took 3 wickets in a single over as Tong Park were reduced to 104-6 in the 31st over. Skipper Luke Watson (1-18) & Adil Modak (1-26) chipped-in with a single wicket each. For Tong Park Holdsworth (60*) was the only batsman to master the difficult track, and they lost a further 2 wickets to run out as they tried to get him on strike. Luke Watson ran out one batsman, and a fine throw-in by Bradley Akrigg to Callum Lowe ran out another. Steeton’s fielding was good, with Callum Lowe and Zaggy Pearson being awarded fielding points. Tong Park Esholt closed on 165 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 40 overs.

Steeton were surprised that the wicket seemed to be getting worse as it dried out, and no batsman seemed able to cope with good Tong Park bowling combined with the uneven bounce. In-form opener Matthew Price managed 15 runs in a 23-run opening partnership. Young Adil Modak continued his good season with 14 runs, and put on 20 runs for the 5th wicket with Bradley Akrigg (15); followed by putting on 16 runs for the 6th wicket with Gary Boulton (11). Steeton best partnership (25 runs) was saved to the final wicket, courtesy of Callum Lowe, who top-scored with 19* runs not out from 13 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Steeton never got out of first gear and succumbed to 100 runs all out in 33.2 overs. With 4 wickets, 2 catches, a fielding point, and top-scoring with 19 runs not-out Callum Lowe is the only player to come out of this game with any credit. Steeton (4 points) lost to Tong Park Esholt (17 points) by 65 runs.

Callum Lowe in my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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9 July 2016 - 2nd XI v Bilton (H) - Abandoned (8-7)

Steeton 217-9 in 48 overs

Bilton 55-2 in 16 overs

Steeton’s home fixture against Bilton was similarly afflicted by the poor weather. The start was delayed, which meant the fixture was a 48-overs per side fixture when it did get started. New skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss and Steeton were duly asked to bat first. Steeton’s experienced openers David Robinson (30) & Chris Luxton (22) got Steeton off to a steady start with a 45-run opening stand. David scored his 30 runs from 64 deliveries with 5 boundaries & Chris scored his 22 runs from 30 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. David went on to share a 29-run 2nd wicket partnership with Adil Modak (14). In the middle order Oliver Gledhill was at his uncompromising best as he nonchalantly smote 6 sixes & 3 fours as he needed just 44 deliveries to top-score with an exciting 59 runs. Oliver scored 55 of the 56 runs which made up the 5th wicket partnership. New skipper Gary Boulton was also in belligerent mood as he scored a quick-fire 33 runs from 33 deliveries with 3 sixes & 2 fours, and added 41 runs for the 7th wicket with Luke Watson, who chipped-in with 11 runs. At No11 Callum Lowe is making a strong case for a higher batting spot as he scored an unbeaten 14* runs, as Steeton closed on an impressive 217 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 48 overs.

In reply Steeton could only manage 16 overs before the promised rain arrived to put a premature end to proceedings. Callum Lowe was the only successful bowler as he finished with 2 wickets for 28 runs from 6 overs, courtesy of a nicely judged catch at square-leg by Jack Pearson and an excellent diving low-catch at mid-on by Luke Watson. Luke & Zaggy Pearson were awarded fielding points. Bilton had scored 55 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 16 overs to leave this match nicely poised. In a replica of the 1st XI result, Steeton 2nd XI (8 points) were rained off against Bilton (7 points)

Oliver Gledhill is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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16 July 2016 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (A) - Lost by 1 wicket (7-16)

Steeton 187-7 in 50 overs

Guiseley 188-9 in 43.2 overs

Steeton’s match at Guiseley began on a sombre note with a minute’s silence in memory of ex-Guiseley & Undercliffe player Howard Reeve, who sadly passed away last week. Condolences to his wife, family & friends. Guiseley won the toss and asked Steeton to bat first. Steeton’s top three batsmen all made good contributions: Opener Matt Price (19) departed with the score on 41 runs in the 12th over, and his opening partner was Chris Luxton, who went on to top-score with 42 runs scored from 56 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Chris shared a 41-run 2nd wicket partnership with David Robinson, who contributed 41 runs from 70 deliveries with 7 boundaries. When David Robinson departed Steeton were 112 runs with 3 wickets down in the 32nd over…but in the next 3 overs they lost the middle order, with 3 wickets falling and just 11 runs added. Experienced skipper Gary Boulton was joined by Luke Watson and over the next 13 overs they forged an excellent 57-run 7th wicket partnership. Luke Watson was out in the final over having scored 23 runs from 48 deliveries with 2 boundaries…and Gary Boulton was unbeaten with 31* runs scored from 42 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Steeton closed with a reasonable 187 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs.

In reply opening bowler Callum Lowe got Steeton off to a great start with a wicket in the 3rd over and the score on 9 runs. Callum finished with 2 wicket for 31 runs from 8.2 overs, with catches taken by Luke Watson & Andrew Luxton. Skipper Gary Boulton (1-28) took a single wicket, but it was Steeton’s spin bowlers who did the most damage: off-spinner Zaggy Pearson took 3 wickets for 56 runs from 15 overs, with a return catch from his own bowling and 2 catches taken by Callum Lowe (Callum was awarded 2 fielding points); and leg-spinner Andrew Luxton also took 3 wicket for 50 runs from 11 overs, with a catch taken by David Robinson. In a close match like this taking all available wickets is vitally important, but too often Steeton gave the Guiseley batters extra chances. With 9 wickets down Guiseley scrambled the single run required to clinch victory. Guiseley had scored 188 runs for 9 wickets in 43.2 overs. Steeton (7 points) lost to Guiseley (16 points) by 1 wicket

Zaggy Pearson, David Robinson & Andrew Luxton are my joint Men-of-the-Match for Steeton

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23 July 2016 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (H) - Won by 127 runs (20-5)

Steeton 226 a/o in 48.3 overs

Horsforth 99 a/o in 27.4 overs

Steeton’s match at home against bottom placed Horsforth was a vital ‘must win’ game if they are to ensure 1st division status next season. Steeton lost the toss and were quite surprised when they were asked to bat first on an excellent track at Summerhill Lane. Steeton’s top 6 batsmen were all disappointed not to capitalise on the excellent batting conditions. Most made good starts, but were unable to take full benefit from the favourable conditions. David Robinson scored a good looking 21 runs from 31 deliveries with 1 four and had an opening partnership of 25 runs with Luke Watson (10). Adil Modak (14), Jack Pearson (20 runs from 38 deliveries), & Bradley Akrigg (14) followed as Steeton were reduced to 87 runs with 6 wickets down. Steeton have good strength in depth and 6 wickets down brought together skipper Gary Boulton (10) with Oliver Gledhill, who scored an excellent 49 runs from 35 deliveries with 1 six & 9 fours. Their 30-run 7th wicket partnership was followed by another 30-run partnership between Oliver and Phil Barrett, who contributed 28 runs from 47 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Phil went on to share an even better 79-run 8th wicket partnership with Zaggy Pearson, who smashed an great unbeaten 46* runs from 41 deliveries with 6 boundaries. 2 run outs from consecutive deliveries brought the innings to an abrupt conclusion and robbed Zaggy of a deserved half-century. Steeton closed on 226 runs all out in 48.3 overs, with both Steeton and Horsforth getting 5 points.

In reply Horsforth were put the sword by a fantastic opening spell by Callum Lowe, who took 7 wickets for 35 runs from 13.4 overs with 2 excellent catches taken by Bradley Akrigg, and single catches by Luke Watson, Zaggy Pearson & keeper Oliver Gledhill. Luke Watson claimed the other 3 wickets for 24 runs from 9 overs, with a catch taken by Callum Lowe. Horsforth were skittled all out for 99 runs in 27.4 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Horsforth (5 points) by 127 runs.

Callum Lowe is my Man-of-the-Match

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30 July 2016 - 2nd XI v Otley (A) - Won by 2 wickets (18-8)

Otley 201-9 in 50 overs

Steeton 203-8 in 45.5 overs

Steeton won the toss at Cross Green and asked Otley to bat first. Opening the bowling Luke Watson got Steeton off to a good start breaking the opening partnership with just 11 runs on the board. Luke’s 8 overs only conceded 15 runs and he was unlucky to only collect a single wicket. Otley’s 2nd wicket stand was 154 runs as Steeton toiled in the field and failed to capitalise on several ‘half-chances’…Otley looked capable of scoring a big 300! Several bowlers were tried without success, until Steeton turned to the ‘golden arm’ of leg-spinner Andrew ‘Whizzer’ Luxton. Andrew immediately removed Otley’s talisman Graeme Wolfenden (96) with a low catch safely pouched by Phil Barrett at point. Andrew then bamboozled the Otley middle order as he finished with 6 wickets for 16 runs from 8 overs, with a catch by Jack Pearson and 2 stumpings by keeper Oliver Gledhill. 5 consecutive batsmen from Otley’s middle order were out for ducks! Callum Lowe came back for a second spell and helped demolish the Otley batting line-up with 2 wickets for 57 runs from 12 overs, with a 2nd comfortable catch for Phil Barrett & another for skipper Gary Boulton. Great ground fielding by Luke Watson earned him 2 fielding points. Having looked likely to post a target in excess of 300 runs, Otley were limited to 201 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs.

Steeton’s reply began with a solid 45-run opening partnership between Aatif Modak, who scored 25 runs from 40 deliveries with 4 boundaries, and Andrew Luxton, who scored 27 runs from 65 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Jack Pearson (18) added 55 runs for the 3rd wicket with Luke Watson, who top-scored with an excellent 46 runs scored from 58 deliveries with 8 boundaries. Oliver Gledhill chipped in with 16 runs, but when he drilled a ball straight as square leg Steeton were 144 runs with 6 wickets down…a nervous 57 runs still to muster. Skipper Gary Boulton was determined to complete the victory as he scored an unbeaten 29* runs from 25 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Gary shared an important 37-run 8th wicket partnership with Zaggy Pearson (16), before hitting the match-winning boundary. Steeton had scored 203 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 45.5 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Otley (8 points) by 2 wickets.

Andrew Luxton & Luke Watson are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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6 August 2016 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Won by 2 wickets (17-6)

Beckwithshaw 154-9 in 50 overs

Steeton 155-8 in 41.2 overs

When 3rd from the top of the league play the 3rd from the bottom the result is often predictable. Not so today. Steeton came into this match with 2 consecutive wins under their belt, and a new-found confidence. Beckwithshaw won the toss and chose to bat first on a hot day at Summerhill Lane. A high caught and bowled by Callum Lowe (1-30) got Steeton off to a good start and Beckwithshaw 1 wicket down with only 6 runs scored. Steeton’s ‘spin twins’ have been looking good over the last few weeks, and good bowling coupled with overly wary batting dried-up the runs. Leg-spinner Andrew Luxton collected 5 wickets for 37 runs from his 15 overs with a catch taken by Phil Barrett. Off-spinner Zaggy Pearson took 2 wickets for 46 runs from his 15 overs with a stumping by Oliver Gledhill. With Beckwithshaw 8 wickets down in the 43rd over and just 111 runs on the board, Steeton were unable to gain the final bowling point. Luke Watson (1-30) took the 9th wicket with a second catch by Phil Barrett patrolling cow-corner, but Beckwithshaw closed with 154 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Luke Watson & Aatif Modak were awarded fielding points.

In reply Steeton reached 52 runs before losing both openers: Aatif Modak (28) & Chris Luxton (22). Aatif scored his 28 runs from 39 deliveries with 5 boundaries & Chris scored his 22 runs from 32 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Adil Modak chipped in with 13 runs, but Steeton were beginning to look wobbly at 85 runs with 4 wickets down in the 23rd over. Luke Watson steadied the nerves as he top-scored with an excellent 31 runs scored from 52 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Luke shared a 29-run 5th wicket partnership with Oliver Gledhill (13) followed by another 29-run 6th wicket partnership with Bradley Akrigg (19*). As Steeton closed in on the target wickets began to tumble, but Bradley Akrigg scampered through for a single to the wicket keeper to clinch a memorable victory. Steeton had scored 155 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 41.2 overs. Steeton (17 points) beat Beckwithshaw (6 points) by 2 wickets.

Andrew Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match

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13 August 2016 - 2nd XI v Ilkley (A) - Lost by 9 wickets (2-19)

Steeton 159-8 in 50 overs

Ilkley 160-1 in 31.3 overs

Asked to bat first at Denton Road Steeton’s young openers got Steeton off to a solid start with Aatif Modak (13) & Bradley Akrigg (14). A shuttering of wickets were steadied by Andrew Luxton, who top-scored with 41 runs. Young Harris Rowlett chipped-in with 13 runs, before the innings was brought to a strong finale with Julian Higginson (38*) batting with Zaggy Pearson (22*). Steeton had scored 159 runs for the 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Just 2 batting points.

In reply Steeton were unable to make any significant inroads into the Ilkley batting. The only wicket that Steeton managed was taken by leg-spinner Andrew Luxton (1-30). Ilkley scored 160 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in 31.3 overs, to pass the Steeton target with 18 overs spare. With no bowling points Steeton (2 points) lost to Ilkley (19 points) by 9 wickets

Andrew Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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20 August 2016 - 2nd XI v Pool (H) - Won by 31 runs (19-4)

Steeton 201-5 in 41 overs

Pool 170 a/o in 39.2 overs

Rain before this fixture and a wet forecast looked like it might totally wipe out this match. The covers did their job well, and we got underway at 1:55 with the match reduced to 41 overs per side. It was a good thing that the weather relented, because this was perhaps a ‘watershed’ moment at the club, with our good crop of juniors all performing well and really contributing to a great win. Steeton lost the toss and were unsurprisingly asked to bat first. Opening the innings junior Aatif Modak scored an excellent maiden 2nd XI half century. Aatif finished with 63 runs scored from 85 deliveries with 7 boundaries. Aatif shared a 31-run opening partnership with Chris Luxton (11) followed by an even better 56-run 2nd wicket partnership with James Freebury, who contributed a solid 38 runs scored from 43 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Finally Aatif was joined by 13-year-old Will Luxton and together they added 57 runs for the 3rd wicket. Will Luxton went on to also score a maiden 2nd XI half-century, whilst batting with his uncle Andrew Luxton. Will scored 55 runs from just 54 deliveries with 1 massive six & 5 fours…and Andrew scored 22 runs from only 16 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Steeton closed their innings with a formidable 201 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 41 overs.

In reply Pool lost both openers to the in-form Callum Lowe, who finished with 4 wickets for 49 runs from 11.2 overs with catches safely pouched by Aatif Modak, a great pressure catch at long on by James Freebury and a good reaction catch by Chris Luxton at short mid-wicket. Aatif Modak was awarded a fielding point. James Freebury bowled 12 good overs that only conceded 45 runs as he collected a single wicket. It then became a Andrew Luxton-Harris Rowlett show! The later Pool batsmen were unable to come to terms with the prodigious leg-spin of Andrew Luxton, who took a 5-wicket haul with incredibly all 5 stumped by 14-year-old keeper Harris Rowlett. Andrew finished with 5 wickets for 47 runs from his 12 overs. Pool were all out for 170 runs in 39.2 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Pool (4 points) by 31 runs.

Aatif Modak, Will Luxton & Harris Rowlett are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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27 August 2016 - 2nd XI v Adel (A) - Abandoned (8-8)

Adel 155 a/o in 36.2 overs

Steeton 59-6 in 22 overs

Rain was a constant threat…the match was punctuated by frequent rain delays. Steeton won the toss on a ‘greentop’ pitch and were in no doubt about asking Adel to bat first. With the score on 11 runs Adel lost their 1st wicket to the fine bowling of opener Adam Hardwick…a high sharp catch in the slips by Phil Barrett. Determined Adel batting saw them to 107 runs for 3 wicket in the 27th over when the first rain major delay took 20 overs out of the game, even though the tea break was taken early. The other 2 wickets to fall at this stage were a smart stumping by keeper Harris Rowlett from the bowling of Gary Boulton (1-31), an a nice catch at square leg by Will Luxton from the off-spin bowling of Zaggy Pearson, which earned Will a fielding point. With the ‘goalposts’ brought nearer Adel tried to ‘up’ the scoring rate and this resulted in them losing their last 7 wickets while adding just a further 48 runs following the rain break. The bowlers who benefited most was Zaggy Pearson, who collected an excellent 6 wickets for 33 runs from 8.2 overs, with 2 catches taken down the leg-side by keeper Harris Rowlett as well as a 2nd stumping. Adam Hardwick (2-43) collected a 2nd wicket with a well judged catch at long-off by Adil Modak, which earned Adil a fielding point. Adam Hardwick also combined with a throw-in by Bradley Akrigg to run out another batsman. Adel had scored 155 runs all out in 36.2 overs.

Steeton’s reply began badly with both Luxton brothers (Chris & Andrew) back in the tent with just 2 runs on the board. Opener Aatif Modak scored a good 15 runs, but with wickets tumbling at the other end it was 13-year-old Will Luxton who stood firm. A short rain delay took more runs from the game before a longer downpour made the field unplayable and this fixture was abandoned. At the close Will Luxton had scored an unbeaten 20* runs from 53 deliveries with 3 boundaries, and Will had put on an unbroken 20 runs for the 7th wicket with skipper Gary Boulton (11*). Steeton were 59 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 22 overs. In this rained-off fixture both Steeton and Adel collect 8 points.

Zaggy Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match

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3 September 2016 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (H) - Abandoned (3-3)

Steeton 3 points

North Leeds 3 points

Despite being given a rain warning in the morning North Leeds travelled to Steeton as champions-select…hoping to settle the championship today. Constant rain and a wet forecast meant they had little hope! Having sat and watched the rain for 3 hours (and eaten a hearty tea!) they accepted the inevitable & shook hands. Both sides collect 3 points.


10 September 2016 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (A) - Lost by 9 runs (9-20)

Rawdon 247-9 in 50 overs

Steeton 238 a/o in 49.4 overs

Steeton lost the toss and Rawdon chose to bat first. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was young leg-spinner Will Luxton who took 4 wickets for 44 runs from 9 overs. There was a single wicket each for Callum Lowe (1-37), Adam Hardwick (1-30) & James Freebury (1-56). 2 run outs by Bradley Akrigg & Will Luxton meant Steeton took 9 wickets…Rawdon had scored 247 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs.

In reply Steeton put themselves in the driving seat with a great opening stand of 102 runs between Adam Hardwick (62) & Chris Luxton (41). Adam top-scored with his 62 runs coming from 82 deliveries with 12 boundaries & Chris scored his 41 runs from 49 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours. James Freebury score a quick-fire 23 runs from 13 balls with 1 six & 3 fours and Jack Pearson scored 17 runs from 23 deliveries with 2 boundaries, but Steeton had slumped to 173 runs with 8 wickets down. Skipper Gary Boulton (32) came in to join Bradley Akrigg (35*) and together they brought Steeton close to victory with a great 54-run 9th wicket partnership. Gary Boulton scored his 32 runs from 22 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours…and Bradley scored his unbeaten 35* runs from 66 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Bradley went on to add 11 runs for the final wicket with Callum Lowe (8), but Callum was run out in the final over striving for a unlikely victory. Steeton had scored 238 runs all out in 49.4 overs. In a tight finish Steeton (9 points) lost to Rawdon (20 points) by 9 runs.

Adam Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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17 September 2016 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (H) - Won by 23 runs (20-7)

Steeton 292-4 in 50 overs

Guiseley 269 a/o in 49.4 overs

This fixture had been moved from 30th April because of the Tour De Yorkshire cycle race. I do wish I had been present to witness this match, because it marked the emergence of a great young cricketer…Will Luxton. Steeton won the toss and elected to bat first. A poor start saw Steeton with 31 runs on the board and both Adam Hardwick & James Freebury back in the tent with just 5 runs apiece. This is when 13-year-old Will Luxton came to the crease to join fellow junior opener Aatif Modak. Together Aatif & Will added 73 runs for the 3rd wicket partnership before Aatif departed with 38 excellent  runs scored from 54 deliveries with 5 boundaries. With Will still scoring steadily Oliver Gledhill joined him and took the total to 137 runs for 4 wickets before Oliver also departed with a rapid 20 runs scored from 21 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Junior Bradley Akrigg joined Will Luxton, who had already reached his half-century. Will & Bradley totally dominated the Guiseley bowling as they added a magnificent new Club record 155 runs for the unbroken 5th wicket partnership. When Steeton had completed their 50 overs Bradley Akrigg had registered his maiden 2nd XI half-century with an unbeaten 51* runs scored from 69 deliveries with 2 sixes & 4 fours. Overshadowed by a colossal unbeaten 154* runs by a star-in-the-making – Will Luxton. Will had scored his 154* runs from 141 deliveries with 3 sixes & 22 fours…and in doing set the 3rd best ever 2nd XI score by an individual batsman (with only David Robinson & Jonathan Smith ahead of him). The ‘experienced’ batsmen had contributed just 30 runs, with the bulk of Steeton’s total being due to their excellent juniors. At the tea interval Steeton had scored an excellent 292 runs for the loss of just 4 wickets in their 50 overs

In reply Guiseley also found batting conditions favourable…and had progressed to 153 runs before losing their first wicket to none other than Will Luxton! Leg-spinner Will (1-56) removed Guiseley’s top-scorer, Woodley (84) with a catch from his own bowling. Not to be out-done, Bradley Akrigg cleaned-up the next 3 wickets including a stumping by Harris Rowlett. Bradley finished with 3 wickets for 32 runs from his 7 overs, which when added to his 51* runs from the 1st innings would have normally earned him Man-of-the-Match…but not on the day when a 13-year-old scored 154* runs! James Freebury (2-52) nipped-out a couple with wicket with catches by Adil Modak along with a caught & bowled. Skipper Gary Boulton (1-38) collected a single wicket and Aatif Modak ran out a further Guisley batsman as control of the match swung firmly in favour of Steeton. With 8 wickets down and the result of the match (almost) a foregone conclusion, Callum Lowe began the final over of the season. It took Callum just 4 deliveries to end the 2016 season on a fantastic ‘high’…Callum (2-33) clean bowled the last 2 batsmen to finish the season with 38 wickets (as well as 6 for the 3rd XI). Having been 153 runs before losing their 1st wicket Guiseley lost 10 wickets adding just 116 more runs, and were all out for 269 runs in 49.4 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Guisley (7 points) by 23 runs

Will Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match

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24 April 2016 - 3rd XI v Green Lane (A) - Lost by 44 runs (6-17)

Green Lane 120 a/o in 34 overs

Steeton 76 a/o in 30.2 overs

Our 3rd XI were unable to turn around Steeton’s miserable weekend at Green Lane. Steeton won the toss and elected to field first at Nunroyd Park. Debutant Matthew Corkindale (1-11) got Steeton off to a fine start when he clean-bowled Green Lane opener with just 9 runs on the board. The next 3 wickets all fell to Mark Pennington, who finished with 3 wickets for 11 runs from 4 overs, with a comfortable catch by Callum Lowe & an excellent diving slip catch pouched by Mark Chapman. Callum Lowe was awarded a fielding point. The next 2 wicket fell to Steeton’s young leg-spinners: Will Luxton (1-16) courtesy of a catch by skipper Hayden Tennant; and Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-32). The Green Lane innings was wrapped-up with alacrity by James Yeadon, whose first over was a triple-wicket maiden and finished with 4 wickets for 6 runs from his 2 overs. Green Lane finished with 120 runs all out in 34 overs.

Steeton’s reply began steadily with experienced opener Mark Chapman top-scoring with 13 runs from 38 deliveries, and his opening partner Will Luxton scoring 10 runs from 23 deliveries. When Tom Meakin departed with 11 runs to his name, Steeton were 47 runs with 3 wickets down. However no other Steeton batsman was able to achieve double figures, and Steeton succumbed to a disappointing 76 runs all out in 30.2 overs. Steeton (6 points) lost to Green Lane (17 points) by 44 runs.

James Yeadon is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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1 May 2016 - 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Cancelled (3-3)

Steeton 3pts

Burley-in-Wharfedale 3pts

The stuttering start to the 2016 season continues with our 3rd XI home fixture against Burley-in-Wharfedale being called off in the morning due to an unfit ground. Both sides collect 3 points.


8 May 2016 - 3rd XI v Menston (H) in Chappell Cup - Won by 63 runs

Steeton 246-5 in 40 overs

Menston 183-6 in 40 overs

On a hot sunny day at Summerhill Lane, Steeton won the toss and had no hesitation in choosing to bat first. The story of Steeton’s innings revolves around a superb unbeaten century by Will Luxton. At just 2 days beyond his 13th birthday Will is the youngest ever centurian for Steeton (and incidentally Will also scored an unbeaten century for his school side yesterday!) Will opened the innings for Steeton and scored an unbelievable 125* runs not out from 121 deliveries with 1 six & 16 fours. Will shared a 90-run opening partnership with skipper Hayden Tennant, who contributed 34 runs from 48 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Will then went on to share a 85-run 3rd wicket partnership with 15-year-old Adil Modak, who contributed 27 runs from 31 deliveries with 3 boundaries. For the 4th wicket Will and Phil Barrett had a 53 run stand, with Phil scoring 31 runs from 27 deliveries with 4 boundaries. The difference in ages between Will & Phil is 40 years! Steeton closed on 246 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 40 overs.

In reply Menston would need to consistently score at over 6 runs per over, but they had reached 51 runs in the 11th over when 15-year-old Tom Meakin (1-16) ripped out Menston’s openers off stump with his very first delivery. As the required run rate continued to steadily rise, it was time for 14-year-old leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tenant to influence the match. Mikey finished with a 5-wicket haul…his 5 wickets costing 34 runs from 8 overs, courtesy of catches by Tom Meakin, Adil Modak & Bradley Akrigg, as well as a smart stumping by Phil Barrett (his first ever!) Callum Lowe was awarded both club fielding points. Menston were only 6 wickets down after their 40 overs and had scored 183 runs. Steeton won by 63 runs and so progress to the next round of the Chappell cup where they will meet Knaresborough (H) on 19th June.

Will Luxton & Mikey Hofman-Tennant are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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22 May 2016 - 3rd XI v Olicanian (A) - Won by 80 runs (17-4)

Steeton 106-9 in 40 overs

Olicanian 26 a/o in 18 overs

With both our Saturday sides losing, it was left to our 3rd XI to restore some club pride this weekend at Olicanian. Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first – a wet outfield and slightly damp wicket would ensure that this would not be a high-scoring encounter. Steeton’s young opener Will Luxton scored 16 runs from 41 deliveries with 2 boundaries, but Steeton were reduced to 34 runs with 3 wickets down in the 13th over. Bradley Akrigg scored 15 runs from 43 deliveries with 1 boundary, and shared a 35-run 4th wicket partnership with top-scorer skipper Hayden Tennant, who scored 22 runs from 48 deliveries with 2 boundaries. On a ‘grafters’ wicket Steeton’s late order batters continued to add important runs, notably Mikey Hofman-Tennant who scored an unbeaten 10* runs from 28 deliveries with 1 boundary. After their 40 overs Steeton had scored 106 runs for the loss of 9 wickets – 2 batting points.

At the tea interval Steeton knew they would have to bowl and field well to defend such a small total, but that it would not be an easy task given the conditions. Steeton’s bowlers were led by Callum Lowe, who recorded the 2nd best ever 3rd XI bowling return for Steeton. Callum took 6 wickets for 12 runs from 8 overs. Callum was ably assisted by 3 catches: firstly a great reaction catch taken by skipper Hayden Tennant in the gully; next a fine low catch taken Mark Chapman in the slips; and finally a skied catch to mid-wicket where it was safely pouched by James Yeadon. Callum’s opening partner was Mark Pennington, who also recorded excellent bowling figures with 3 wickets, while conceding a mere 3 runs from his 6 overs, with a comfortable catch at mid-on by Will Luxton. Olicanian’s final resistance was removed by James Yeadon (1-5). Fantastic bowling, backed-up by excellent catching & faultless fielding, meant Olicanian were all out for just 26 runs in 17.4 overs. Fielding points could have gone to any of Steeton’s victorious 11, but were awarded to Hayden Tennant & Mark Pennington. The Olicanian total equals the lowest that our 3rd XI have inflicted on any opposition – equalling the total scored by Hall Park (A) in 2012. Steeton (17 points) beat Olicanian (4 points) by 80 runs.

Callum Lowe is my Man-of-the-Match

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29 May 2016 - 3rd XI v Menston (H) - Won by Conceded (20-0)

Steeton

Menston

Menston were unable to raise a side and have conceded.


12 June 2016 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (H) - Abandoned (6-7)

Steeton 147-6 in 40 overs

Guiseley 90-1 in 17 overs

Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first on a damp track at Summerhill Lane. Steeton’s opening partnership took them to 27 runs before Mark Chapman (10) was caught at square leg…his partner was Adil Modak, who went on to score 20 runs from 56 deliveries with 3 boundaries. A shuttering of wickets saw Steeton at 34 runs with 3 wickets down before Bradley Akrigg took charge. Bradley scored a masterful 53 runs from 71 deliveries with 1 massive six & 6 fours…until he was unluckily run out attempting a a run too far in the final over. Bradley shared a 19-run 4th wicket partnership with Tom Meakin, who contributed 13 runs; before going on to share an excellent 66-run 5th wicket partnership with skipper Hayden Tennant, who contributed 26 runs from 42 deliveries with 4 boundaries; and finally Bradley shared a 26-run 6th wicket partnership with Mikey Hofman-Tennant, who contributed 10 runs. After their 40 overs Steeton had scored a good total of 147 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.

The drizzle arrived during the tea break, resulting in 6 overs being lost from Guiseley’s innings. When the rain relented sufficiently to allow the players to re-take the field, Guiseley began their reply at a rapid rate to try to beat the weather. The wet outfield meant the bowlers (particularly spin bowlers) struggled for control…as well as making boundaries harder to reach! Guiseley had raced to 81 runs before losing their first wicket to an excellent catch taken by Owen Narey from a slippery ball hit solidly to mid-wicket. The successful bowlers was leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tennant, who finished with 1 wicket for 9 runs from 2 overs. Owen Narey was quite rightly awarded a fielding point, as was Ben Yeadon for his enthusiastic fielding. The rain, which had been falling lightly for most of the innings, became heavier and forced the players from the field…never to return. With Guiseley on 90 runs for the loss of 1 wicket after 17 overs, the match was abandoned with Steeton gaining 6 points, while Guiseley collected 7 points.

Bradley Akrigg is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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19 June 2016 - 3rd XI v Knaresborough (H) in Chappell Cup - Lost in Bowl-Out (3-4)

Knaresborough 183-5 in 34 overs

Steeton

With rain forecast Steeton won the toss and chose to field first in their quarter-final clash against Knaresborough. The score had reached 33 runs before James Yeadon (1-14) made the initial breakthrough giving Bradley Akrigg his first catch. A second catch for Bradley came from the leg-spin bowling of Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-31). Pick of the bowling was Ben Yeadon, who took 2 wickets for 29 runs from his 7 overs, courtesy of a catch taken by keeper Harris Rowlett. Matthew Corkindale (1-42) clean bowled the next victim, before the rain arrived. The players left the field with Knaresborough having scored 183 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 34 overs.

The rain did not relent and so this cup fixture would be decided by a bowl-out. Skipper Hayden Tennant, Bradley Akrigg & James Yeadon each hit the stumps with 1 of their 2 deliveries, but unfortunately the Knaresborough bowlers were slightly more accurate. Steeton lost 3-4 in the bowl out and will play no further part in the Ian Chappell Cup.

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3 July 2016 - 3rd XI v Otley (A) - Won by 6 wickets (20-5)

Otley 136 a/o in 34.1 overs

Steeton 138-4 in 41.4 overs

Steeton 3rd XI gave the club something to cheer about this weekend…beating Otley by 6 wickets. On a sunny day Otley won the toss and chose to bat first…and instantly regretted the decision as Mark Pennington (2-16) took a wicket with the very first ball of the day. Skipper Hayden Tennant (1-23) opened the bowling with his off-spin and took a catch from his own bowling to have Otley reeling with 2 wickets down and only 18 runs on the board in the 6th over. Young left-arm spinner Owen Narey (2-29) clean bowled 2 batsmen, including taking a wicket from the first delivery of his 2nd bowling spell. This theme of lethal first balls continued with James Yeadon (1-15) & Ben Yeadon (1-15), whose wickets both came from their first deliveries. Along with a run-out by Mark Pennington, Otley had been reduced to 43 runs with 6 wickets down in the 16th over. Playing his first 3rd XI match David Robinson (2-7) bowled a single over and took wickets with his first 2 deliveries, including a catch safely pouched by Will Luxton. Will and Owen Narey were awarded fielding points. Otley were all out for 136 runs in 34.1 overs.

In reply Steeton had added 77 runs for the 2nd wicket with opener David Robinson (65*) and Mark Chapman (33). David Robinson scored his unbeaten 65* runs from 125 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours…and Mark Chapman scored is 33 runs from 80 deliveries with 3 boundaries. A shuttering of quick wickets saw Steeton at 95 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the 31st over. Young Harris Rowlett (12*) came in to join his uncle David, and together they guided Steeton to a comfortable victory with an unbroken 5th wicket partnership of 43 runs. Steeton had scored 138 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 41.4 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Otley (5 points) by 6 wickets.

David Robinson is my Man-of-the-Match

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10 July 2016 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (H) Won by 32 runs (19-7)

Steeton 162-9 in 40 overs

Ilkley 131 a/o in 29.3 overs

Coming into this match Steeton had 2 of their young player unavailable with representative matches. The replacements were anything but ‘young’, but were recent retirees Mick Wilson and wicket-keeper Julian Higginson…both in their early 50s. Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a damp track, with ominous clouds looming. Opening the batting Mick Wilson did not look as though he had ever retired as he led the Steeton top order. Mick top-scored with an impressive 49 runs scored from 61 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours, but when he departed Steeton were 77 runs with 5 wickets down & no other top 5 batsman had managing double figures. Julian Higginson’s arrival at the crease was heralded by a crisply driven four through the covers from his first delivery. Julian finished with 17 runs from 27 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours, and he shared a 33-run 6th wicket partnership with skipper Hayden Tennant, who went on to score 32 runs from 44 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Steeton’s innings had been punctuated by rain delays, with the covers been wheeled on, only to be removed moments later as the sun burst through the clouds. After 35 overs with the Steeton score on 127 runs with 7 wickets down, a heavier deluge forced the players from the field and brought an early lunch. When the match resumed 7 overs had been lost from the match…and Steeton were not in a position to declare. Quick runs were needed and these were supplied by Phil Barrett, whose 20-ball cameo added 22 runs, including 1 six & 2 fours. Phil shared a 29-run 8th wicket partnership with Ben Yeadon, who contributed 13 runs. Steeton batted all of their 40 overs (the last 5 after the tea break adding 35 runs) and scored 162 runs for the loss of 9 wickets…leaving Ilkley just 33 overs for their reply.

Ilkley’s reply was immediately curtailed by opening bowler James Yeadon (2-18), who removed both openers, courtesy of a lightning fast leg-side stumping by keeper Julian Higginson. Ilkley’s next batsman did not read Mikey Hofman-Tennant’s (1-35) wrong-un. On debut Harry Richardson (2-26) was an asset to the team as he collected 2 wickets, both to excellent catches taken by Mikey Hofman-Tennant, which earned Mikey a fielding point. Skipper Hayden Tennant (2-15) claimed 2 wickets, including a catch safely pouched in ‘cow-corner’ by Phil Barrett. Ilkley were 127 runs with 7 wickets down and the result was definitely ‘in-the-balance’, when Bradley Akrigg was brought on to ball. However it took Bradley just 9 deliveries to wrap-up the Ilkley innings, as he bowled 1.3 overs conceded no runs and took the final 3 wickets. Ilkley had scored 131 runs all out in 29.3 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Ilkley (7 points) by 32 runs.

Hayden Tennant, Mick Wilson & Bradley Akrigg are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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24 July 2016 - 3rd XI v Green Lane (H) - Won by 132 runs (20-2)

Steeton 213-2 in 36 overs

Green Lane 81 a/o in 24.2 overs

Steeton won the toss and elected to bat first on a rainy day at Summerhill Lane. Skipper Hayden Tennant (115) made sure his decision was justified by scoring a great century. Hayden scored 115 runs from 109 deliveries with 4 fours & 13 fours. Hayden was supported in a 114-run opening partnership by Aatif Modak, who scored 39 runs from 75 deliveries with 5 fours…followed by a 90-run 2nd wicket partnership with Adil Modak, who scored an unbeaten 37* runs from 30 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. With steady rain falling & an uncertain forecast Hayden adjudged that we had sufficient runs on the board, and declared with Steeton having scored 213 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 36 overs.

In reply Green Lane’s top 3 batsmen were all caught & bowled by Mark Pennington, who finished with great figures of 4 wickets for 22 runs from 8 overs…and a fielding point Green Lane were 24 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. The legend that is 69-year-old Phil Akrigg opened the bowling with his orthodox left-arm spin, and his 8 overs conceded 22 runs as collected a single wicket caught by his grandson Bradley Akrigg. Young leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tennant collected 2 wickets for 18 runs from 4 overs, courtesy of a remarkable diving low catch taken by Phil Akrigg. Phil earned himself a fielding point. A quick pick up and underhand throw to young keeper Harris Rowlett accounted for another batsman…and the innings was concluded by another youngster Harry Richardson, who took 2 wickets for 12 runs from 4.2 overs. Green Lane had been dismissed all out for just 81 runs in 24.2 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Green Lane (2 points) by 132 runs.

Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the-Match

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7 August 2016 - 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Lost by 2 wickets (9-18)

Steeton 208-6 in 40 overs

Burley-in-Wharfedale 210-8 in 39.3 overs

Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first at Hodsen Ground. Steeton were quickly reduced to 24 runs with 3 wickets down and only opener Aatif Modak (12) managing double figures. The mini collapse was steadied by the experienced Mark Chapman, who scored a careful 69 runs from 93 deliveries with 9 boundaries. Mark shared a 39-run 4th wicket partnership with Bradley Akrigg (11)…followed by an even better 96-run 5th wicket partnership with youngster Will Luxton, who top-scored with a scintillating 75 runs scored from just 63 deliveries with 11 boundaries. Will went on to share a good 43-run 6th wicket partnership with veteran Julian Higginson (15*). Steeton closed with with a good total of 208 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 40 overs.

In reply skipper Hayden Tennant (3-25) was the pick of the bowlers, courtesy of 2 excellent catches in the deep by Mark Pennington along with a smart stumping by Julian Higginson. Mark Pennington and Will Luxton were awarded the fielding points. There was a single wicket each for James Yeadon (1-43) & youngsters Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-38), Harry Richardson (1-23) & Adil Modak (1-12). Veteran keeper Julian Higginson took 2 catches & Adil Modak took a nice catch from his own bowling to dismiss Burley’s top-scorer Thompson (62). Mikey Hofman-Tennant hit the wickets directly to run out a further batsman, but all to no avail as Burley crashed the 3rd ball of the last over to the boundary for victory. With 3 balls to go Burley had scored 210 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 39.3 overs. Steeton (9 points) lost to Burley (18 points) by 2 wickets.

Will Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton

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14 August 2016 - 3rd XI v Olicanian (H) - Won by 70 runs (20-7)

Steeton 225-6 in 40 overs

Olicanian 155 a/o in 34 overs

Steeton won the toss, but the decision to bat first was looking dubious as Steeton were 12 runs with both opening batsmen back in the tent. The ‘rot’ was stopped by a 30-run 3rd wicket partnership between youngsters Harris Rowlett (17) and Bradley Akrigg (20). Bradley scored his 20 runs from 31 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours…and Harris scored his 17 runs from 25 deliveries with 3 boundaries. The departure of Harris brought the experienced Mick Wilson to the wicket, and Mick proceeded to plunder a great 102 runs scored from just 83 deliveries with 5 sixes & 10 fours. Mick shared a league & club record breaking 141-run 6th wicket partnership with Mark Pennington, who contributed an unbeaten 53* runs from 63 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours. Steeton had scored 225 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 40 overs.

In reply Olicanian’s opening partnership was broken with just 2 runs on the board by the legend that it is Phil Akrigg, who finished with his 8 overs conceding 21 runs as his only wicket was caught by his grandson Bradley Akrigg. A good 2nd wicket partnership was dismantled by youngster Harry Richardson (2-36), who removed both the batters with catches taken by skipper Hayden Tennant & his son Mikey Hofman-Tennant. Skipper Hayden Tennant’s off-spin earned him the best figures of 4 wicket for 12 runs from 3 overs, with 2 catches taken by Mark Pennington & 1 by Harry Richadson. Following his heroics with the bat Mark Pennington took 3 wickets for just 5 runs from 4 tight overs…finishing the innings with a stumping by Harris Rowlett. Will Luxton & Mikey Hofman-Tennant were awarded the fielding points. Olicanian were all out for 155 runs in 34 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Olicanian (7 points) by 70 runs.

Mick Wilson & Mark Pennington are my joints Men-of-the-Match

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21 August 2016 - 3rd XI v Menston (A) - Won by 6 wickets (18-2)

Menston 68 a/o in 30.5 overs

Steeton 72-4 in 18.3 overs

The 10 men of Menston won the toss and chose to bat first. Menston’s top order struggled against the opening pace of Mark Pennington, who bowled 8 rapid overs which conceded only 14 runs as he removed the top 4 batsmen, with a stumping by keeper Harris Rowlett & a slip catch taken by Jack Pearson, which earned Jack a fielding point. The middle-order was then dismantled by leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tennant who took 3 wickets for 22 runs from his 7 overs, with a catch taken by Bradley Akrigg as well as a return catch from his own bowling, which earned Mikey a fielding point. A single wicket each for Will Luxton (1-6) & Ben Yeadon (1-10), caught by keeper Harris Rowlett, completed proceedings. Menston were all out for a meagre 68 runs in 30.5 overs.

Steeton’s reply was led by the in-form Aatif  Modak, who scored 43 runs from 45 deliveries with 8 boundaries. Aatif Modak & Will Luxton (1) had a 26-run opening partnership & Aatif also shared a 26-run 4th wicket partnership with Bradley Akrigg (7*). Harris Rowlett was in a hurry as he needed just 9 deliveries for an unbeaten 11* runs including 1 four and a six which completed the comfortable Steeton victory. Steeton had scored 72 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 18.3 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Menston (2 points) by 6 wickets.

Mark Pennington, Mikey Hofman-Tennant & Aatif Modak are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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28 August 2016 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (A) - Won by 2 wickets (19-7)

Guiseley 147 a/o in 39.1 overs

Steeton 148-8 in 41 overs

The many Steeton spectators who made the journey to Nethermoor Park were treated to a great game as befitting a top-of-the-table clash, with an exciting last ball thriller to decide the result! Steeton won the toss and asked Guiseley to bat first. Opener Mark Pennington has been in great form this season…and this continued today with 4 more wickets for just 14 runs from 6.1 overs, with a catch taken by keeper Harris Rowlett. Skipper Hayden Tennant’s off-spin earned him 2 wickets as he conceded just 12 runs from his 8 overs, with a stumping by Harris Rowlett and a catch by Aatif Modak. Bradley Akrigg (1-6) bowled 2 overs and removed Guiseley’s top-scorer Fisher (45). James Yeadon mopped up with his 7 overs conceding just 17 runs as he clean bowled 3 batsmen. At 134 runs as they lost their 5th wicket in the 33rd over Guiseley looked like setting a big total, but good bowling & fielding curtailed this to 147 runs all out in 39.1 overs. Mark Pennington & Mikey Hofman-Tennant were awarded the fielding points.

In reply Steeton had 41 overs to score 148 runs to got top of the Western Conference, but both openers were out with just 3 runs on the board in the 3rd over. Adil Modak (13) added 52 runs for the 3rd wicket with Mick Wilson, who top-scored with 35 runs scored from 73 deliveries with 5 boundaries. A 41-run 5th wicket partnership between Bradley Akrigg (26) and skipper Hayden Tennant (31) put Steeton into ‘favourite’ position. Hayden scored his 31 runs from 27 deliveries with 5 boundaries. The Guiseley tactic of trying to keep Bradley away from the strike was paying dividends as Steeton lost cheap wickets with the target only slowly edging closer. The final over began with Steeton ‘only’ needing 2 runs to complete a memorable victory…and Bradley on strike. Calmly Bradley played back the first delivery, but as he looked to score off the the 2nd delivery he perished to a fantastic diving catch taken by the Guiseley wicket-keeper. Bradley had scored his 26 runs from 53 deliveries with 3 boundaries. A swing and a miss followed by a swing and a wicket meant Steeton had not scored from the first 4 deliveries and now needed 2 runs from the final 2 deliveries. A scampered leg bye brought the scores level, and although Mark Pennington (7*) hit the last ball straight to a fielder James Yeadon (0*) managed to charge through and narrowly win the match for Steeton. Guiseley will surely rue the 27 runs donated as extras, including a total of 19 wides (which may well have been more if the umpires had been less lenient). Steeton had scored 148 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 41 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Guiseley (7 points) by 2 wickets to go top of the Western Conference.

Mark Pennington & Hayden Tennant are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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4 September 2016 - 3rd XI v Otley (H) - Won by 5 wickets (19-3)

Otley 90 a/o in 37.5 overs

Steeton 91-5 in 26.3 overs

Having narrowly beaten Guiseley last week to go top of their conference, Steeton were looking to consolidate their position as league leaders in the penultimate match at home against Otley. Heavy rain on Saturday had wiped out the entire league…without a single ball being bowled, so being able to play any match was a minor miracle. Otley won the toss and on a dampish track rather surprisingly decided to bat first. Opening bowler Mark Pennington has been in great form this season, and this continued today as he collected the first 2 Otley scalps with just 15 runs on the board. Mark finished with 2 wickets for 15 runs from his 8 overs, with a catch taken by Adil Modak. Adil was awarded a fielding point. Mark’s miserly economy rate pales compared to his opening partner 69-year-old Phil ‘the legend’ Akrigg, who bowled 8 overs, which only conceded 4 runs with 6 maidens…although he was wicketless. The next 2 wickets both fell to Phil’s grandson Bradley Akrigg, who clean bowled 2 batsmen as his 7 overs conceded 18 runs. Otley were 50 runs with 4 wickets down in the 26th over. James Yeadon then dismissed Otley’s top-scoring opener well caught at long off by Will Luxton. James finished with 1 wicket for 17 runs from his 5 overs and the Otley total had progressed to 88 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Skipper Hayden Tennant brought himself on to bowl and promptly had a catch dropped from his very first delivery. However he was not to be thwarted as he needed just 3.5 overs to polish off the remaining 5 Otley wickets. Hayden took 5 wickets for 11 runs from 3.5 overs, including taking a remarkable 4 wickets in the last 4 deliveries of the innings. The first ‘4-in-4’  in 3rd XI cricket by a Steeton player. Hayden had a stumping by Harris Rowlett and a well-judged low catch a mid-wicket by Mark Pennington, which earned Mark a fielding point. Otley were all out for 90 runs in 37.5 overs.

Steeton’s reply began shakily…with 3 wickets down and just 17 runs on the board, but in-form opening batsman Aatif Modak was still not out. Aatif shared a steadying 31-run 4th wicket partnership with Bradley Akrigg (13) followed by an even better 34-run 5th wicket partnership with Harris Rowlett, who contributed 19 runs from 26 deliveries with 3 boundaries and got out with just 8 further runs needed for victory. The coup-de-grâce was delivered by Julian Higginson (8), who faced just 3 deliveries and hit 2 boundaries. Aatif top-scored with an unbeaten 35* runs scored from 70 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Steeton had scored 91 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 26.3 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Otley (3 points) by 5 wickets. Steeton are now 18 points clear of 2nd placed Ilkley…who they play in the last match of the league season next week.

Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the-Match

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11 September 2016 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (A) - Won by 1 wicket (17-7)

Ilkley 139-7 in 40 overs

Steeton 140-9 in 37.4 overs

This fixture had been postponed from 17th April, when the entire league had been a wash-out. For the 3rd consecutive week Steeton are involved in an important top-of-the-table clash, which could decide the championship. Once again it was nail-biting for the band of travelling spectators as we were treated to a thrilling finish. Ilkley won the toss and chose to bat first. Opening bowlers Mark Pennington (1-47) & Bradley Akrigg (1-15) picked up a single wicket each…Bradley’s wicket being well caught by Mark Chapman. Skipper Hayden Tennant (1-10) had finished the previous match by taking 4 wickets from 4 consecutive deliveries…and he carried on in a similar vein as he collected a wicket with his first delivery today…caught by Mark Pennington. Although separated by a week Hayden had taken 5 wickets in 5 deliveries! Pick of the bowlers however was the experienced James Yeadon, who was the 4th change bowler. James took 4 wickets for 22 runs from his 7 overs with a catch taken by keeper Harris Rowlett. Fielding points were awarded to Adil Modak & Bradley Akrigg. Ilkley had scored 139 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 40 overs. This would not be easy to chase-down at Ilkley, which is a large ground with long boundaries…and a track with low bounce.

Steeton’s reply began disastrously with both the Modak brother back in the tent with only 5 runs on the board. The experienced Mark Chapman (28) added 49 runs for the 3rd wicket with Bradley Akrigg (26) and swung the impetus of the match back in favour of Steeton. Mark had scored his 28 runs from 67 deliveries with 2 boundaries & Bradley scored his 26 runs from 45 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Julian Higginson chipped in with 11 runs. but Steeton were struggling at 79 runs with 7 wickets down…Ilkley in the ascendancy! Showing maturity beyond his years Will Luxton scored 25 runs from 31 deliveries with 4 boundaries and shared a great 53-run 8th wicket partnership with Mark Pennington, who contributed 26 runs scored from 37 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Will & Mark had wrested control of the match back in favour of Steeton, but both departed with the victory target almost in their grasp. With 2 runs still needed Steeton’s final 2 batsmen were at the crease…Ilkley could still snatch victory! Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1*) stood firm and James Yeadon (2*) hit 2 runs from the first ball he faced and Steeton were victorious. Steeton had scored 140 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 37.3 overs. In a tight finish Steeton (17 points) beat Ilkley (7 points) by 1 wicket. They have now booked themselves another match this season…at home next week against Rawdon in the championship play-off final.

James Yeadon is my Man-of-the-Match

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18 September 2016 - 3rd XI v Rawdon (H) in Championship Play-Off - Won by 5 wickets

Rawdon 143 a/o in 38.3 overs

Steeton 145-5 in 40.5 overs

Having finished top of the West Conference, Steeton 3rd XI had earned themselves another match this season as they play off against the East Conference winners, Rawdon, for 3rd XI championship. Rawdon won the toss and elected to bat first. Bradley Akrigg (2-16) clean-bowled both Rawdon openers…making 5 wickets over the last weekend of the season! Bradley opened the bowling with Mark Pennington (2-26) who also took 2 wickets with a catch taken by keeper Harris Rowlett…bringing Mark’s total wickets for the 2016 season to 28 – the second highest return for our 3rd XI. There was a single wicket each for leg-spinner Will Luxton (1-18) caught by Aatif Modak; Adil Modak (1-9 from 6 overs); and James Yeadon (1-14). The final wickets fell to the off-spin of skipper Hayden Tennant, who finished with the best figures of 3 wickets for 26 runs from 6.3 overs. This brought Hayden total wickets for the season to 21 wickets – topping the 20-wicket mark for the 2nd successive season & winning him the club’s bowling award. Aatif Modak & Mark Pennington were awarded fielding points…and Mark won the club’s fielding award. Rawdon had been bowled all out for 143 runs in 38.3 overs…meaning Steeton would have a vital 41 overs to overtake the Rawdon target.

In reply Steeton had progressed smoothly to 55 runs before losing both openers: Aatif Modak had scored a sedate 10 runs & skipper Hayden Tennant had top-scored with 42 runs scored from 46 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Experience & youth was replaced by more experience & youth: 42-year-old Mark Chapman & 13-year old Will Luxton. Together they compiled an excellent 71-run 3rd wicket partnership as they inched slowly towards the Rawdon target. Mark scored 34 runs from 65 deliveries with 4 boundaries & Will scored 37 runs from 70 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Will had won the 3rd XI club’s batting award. When Mark & Will were out Steeton were 131 runs with 4 wickets down…a tantalising 13 runs from victory, but rapidly running out of overs. Julian Higginson (5) departed with 7 runs required…bringing James Yeadon in to join junior Bradley Akrigg. In a thrilling finish the match went into the 41st over, with runs difficult to acquire. James Yeadon (1*) scrambled a single and with 1 ball of the match to spare Bradley (9*) picked his spot and crashed the ball through mid-on for a boundary that won both the match and the championship. Steeton had scored 145 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 40.5 overs to beat Rawdon by 5 wickets. CHAMPIONS

Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the-Match

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